Dollars to Donuts: Burglars Hit Belle Harbor Dunkin

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 During the early morning hours of Sunday, September 13, the Dunkin Donuts located at 432 Beach 129th Street was burglarized.

According to Dunkin cashier Arly Hernandez, she arrived at work to start her shift at around 5 a.m. when she noticed one of the windows of the store broken. “When I opened the door, I saw a big rock inside. I was scared. I thought they were still in there. I never in my life had seen anything like this before,” she said.

After examining the store, Hernandez realized that the entire cash register was gone. Hernandez said the register contained about $100 and change and nothing else was missing.

“Thankfully, it was just material possessions and that can all be replaced,” manager Ruben Rivera said.

As customers arrived at Dunkin on Sunday morning, they were greeted with caution tape surrounding the store, and were redirected to the Beach 113th Street Dunkin to pick up their orders.

According to Hernandez, surveillance video showed four people throw a rock through the window sometime after 2 a.m. and the individuals helped each other through the window to enter the store. She said it was difficult to identify the four individuals on the video as they were all wearing hooded sweatshirts with the hoods up.

Dunkin seems to be the only store affected. An alert on Citizen App said the nearby laundromat had been burglarized but staff and customers said nothing happened there.

This incident is still being investigated. NYPD has released images of the four suspects, taken from a different location, and is offering a $2500 award for information. Anyone with information can contact the NYPD Crimestoppers hotline at 800-577-TIPS.

This latest burglary comes almost two years after another burglary on Belle Harbor’s commercial block. In December 2018, Harbor Cleaners, Bon Appetit, Polly and Esther, and Sofia C. Laundromat were all burglarized. It is not clear if the incidents are connected.

 By Katie McFadden

 

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