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Man Breaks into Astoria Restaurant Twice in a Week, Nets $1,000 Cash and $7K Worth of Booze and Radios

Suspect and Don Coqui Restaurant (NYPD, Google Maps)

April 3, 2020 By Michael Dorgan

Police are looking for a man who stole $1,000 cash and more than $7,000 worth of booze and contents from a seafood restaurant in Astoria last month – and attempted to burglarize the same eatery a week later.

On Saturday, March 21, at around 9:35 p.m., the suspect broke his way in through the front door of Don Coqui Restaurant, located at 28-18 31 St., according to police.

The suspect then rummaged through the restaurant and stole $7,055 worth of liquor and portable radios. The burglar also made off with $1,000 in cash, police said.

The thief fled the scene in an unknown location.

The suspect targeted the same restaurant on Friday, March 27, at around 1:43 p.m. by attempting to break through the front door again.

He tried to cut a chain on the front door with a power saw but was unsuccessful, police said.

The police have released surveillance footage of the suspect.

Anyone with information in regard to this burglary pattern is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM, or on Twitter @NYPDTips.

All calls are strictly confidential.

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With all the traffic on 31st & that intersection NYPD should be embarrassed that they didn’t catch this fool in the act. Surprised no one

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