Harlem Liquor Store Owner Robbed Twice After Replacing ‘Ghetto’ Security Gate

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police are looking for suspects who they say are wanted for breaking in to the same liquor store twice within a week.

Police said the burglaries happened at Freeland Liquor & Wine on Lenox Avenue in Harlem.

When the liquor store opened three months ago, some of the neighbors complained it looked “too ghetto,” with its neon sign and rolled-down metal security gate.

1010 WINS’ Carol D’Auria Speaks With The Liquor Store Owner

So to please them, the new owner, Berihu Mesfin, got rid of the sign and changed the metal gate for one that looked more like a chain-link.

“They cut the gate and then they drilled the door and they took about $4,500 money and then about 180 bottles of the expensive liquors,” Mesfin told 1010 WINS’ Carol D’Auria.

Investigators said around 1 a.m. on March 17, two suspects cut the security gate, broke into the store and stole liquor and cash. Then a few days later on March 22, police said three suspects cut the security gate again and broke into the store, taking more liquor and cash.

Police said both burglaries were caught on surveillance video.

Mesfin said the area is a great place to do business and he loves his customers, but now, he has reinstalled a metal security gate.

liquor store burglary suspects 2 Harlem Liquor Store Owner Robbed Twice After Replacing Ghetto Security Gate

(credit: NYPD)

Anyone with information should call police or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.

  • Crsnj

    Are those HOODIES they are wearing? Maybe they just had a hankering for some Skittles.

  • Leslie

    “Mesfin said the area is a great place to do business and he loves his customers, but now, he has reinstalled a metal security gate.”


    • Nick

      Security gates are RACIST? Do you mean to imply that only black folks steal? Look in the mirror RACIST!

  • Leslie

    The right to own a business has been violated by these thugs. When will Obama speak out about this incident.

  • Kris

    Wow, bunch of racists around here.

  • Leslie

    Has Obama commented on this yet?

  • DanTe

    Just arrest the people who complained about it being too ghetto-ie. They’re the ones robbing the place after the monkey defenses are down.

  • Lou Bracate

    Im sure if they were maskless you would have a major problem trying to identify these shines during the day, let alone at night. They all look alike to me

  • mrastoria

    They were just getting some $$$$ and Booze for the Trayvon Martin rally

  • mrastoria

    Obama voters

  • goblin

    What color are they?. It’s difficult to see in the pictures as they’re wearing hooded sweatshirts.

  • 5-0


    Go Eff your mom, you are probably an OWS Dyck.


    Shame on this trio for possibly depriving the “finest’ of their daily nourishment. Those “elite” members who obtain it from them may have to now change their daily routine by going elsewhere. (shaking my finger)

    Oink oink.

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