Wharf Restaurant Robbed
Super Bowl Sunday may have been a big event for the Wharf Bar and Restaurant, but what occurred on the snow day after was a different story altogether.
Police report that at approximately 1:42 p.m. three men entered the popular Rockaway Park establishment and walked out with around $60,000 in cash.
According to witnesses, the trio entered the restaurant located at 416 Beach 116th Street, in an area set back from Beach Channel Drive.
It was reported that they were each wearing masks and gloves and that they were armed.
According to a police report, the robbers pistol whipped two people, including co-owner Bob Lechie.
Police say the intruders then tied up all six employees, removed the cash and left the premises, apparently on foot.
No shots were fired, however an unspent .40 caliber bullet was found at the scene.
Lechie and the unidentified victim were taken to St. John Hospital, treated and released.
According to police, Wharf owners confirmed that the large amount of money at the restaurant that day was due to increased Super Bowl Sunday business.
No suspects have been arrested as yet; however 100th Precinct commander Captain Craig Adelman reports that “the incident is still under investigation.” He confirmed that investigators are reviewing video footage obtained from Wharf security cameras.
Anyone with information should immediately contact 100th Precinct Detective John Conroy at 718-318-4223.