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Two Sunnyside Bars Burglarized Today, Cops Arrest Suspects

May 17, 2018 By Christian Murray

Two Sunnyside bars were burglarized this morning but police made quick work in catching the perpetrators.

The incidents took place at Bar 43, located at 43-06 43rd St., and the Lowery Bar & Kitchen, at 43-02 43rd Ave., around 6 a.m. police said. Three men used forced to enter each location and removed property.

Bar 43’s ATM

The police caught the suspects in the act, according to a NYPD spokeswoman. The area was being patrolled at the time and cops saw one of the burglaries take place.

Nick Murphy, co-owner of Bar 43, said that the suspects broke in through the front side door of his establishment and went downstairs to his office.

They smashed open a cash machine and likely got cash, he said. He said it was too early to tell what else may have been taken.

He said three doors were damaged as the suspects broke in and one of his video cameras was damaged when the suspects cut the feed.

Murphy did capture video of two of the suspects exiting the establishment (see footage).

Anne Muldoon, co-owner of Lowery Bar, was unavailable to comment. However, on Facebook the bar said it would be open for business at the usual time of 5 p.m.

Bar 43 aims to reopen by 6 p.m.

The three men arrested were not from Queens, police said.

The men have been identified as Victor Roquez, 26, from the Bronx; Andy Hernandez, 25, from Manhattan; and Michael Quintana, 22, from Manhattan.

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20 Comments

Resident46

Its sad things like this haapen….and We shoould support our locals by fightinv against bike lane…whick is gonna destroy their’ businesses soon.




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Alex

In the evening there are a bunch of kids sitting in a BMW with Jersey tags, corner of 43rd Ave and 41st St., right on the side of the school. People go up to the open window, people walk away. Brazen little kiddos.




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Ernie

What is the plate number for that BMW? I have no problem at all doing active surveillance and documenting all for the police. I’ve done it before and it leads to arrests. This is what should and has to be done.




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PAUL

The shame of it all is that these reports hurt the bar as a business. Almost like it’s the bars fault these low life’s broke in and stole. The sla gets reports and screws the bar. The lotto people will pull the lotto if there’s robberies on the premise . The bar business is a tough game and this makes it even harder. I worked in and owned bars for About 20 years and between stuff like this, the taxes, the fines, the rent, it’s just impossible. Good luck to the 2 businesses.




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George

That will teach them to commit a crime on JVB’s side of Queens Blvd. On the south side they would have got away clean.




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Ray

Thanks for the heads up.. i was looking for a new dealer… i’ll def swing by now that you told me. How does he look btw?




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John O’Reilly

Great to see that planning and police work paid off. Let’s hope the justice system functions as well!




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Gilgo317

Nice the Bronx and the Washington. Heights crowd down to commit burglaries here. What I found interesting is that they knew whereby cash machine was located. Joe is right just because you don’t see the PD around doesn’t mean they are not.




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Concerned Resident

Let’s talk about where these people might be coming from into the neighborhood. On 41st street for over 1 month now, I notice, nearly every day a drug dealer who sells on the block to people who arrive by car or foot. He lives in one of the walkups on 41st street between Queens Blvd and 43rd street (actually, the walk up building right next to the house with a balcony and parking garage). I have seen the exchange NUMEROUS times and so have friends of mine who live on the block. This guy just comes out of his home, walk ups to the car or person, takes his money, gives whatever he is selling, and walks away. The people who purchase are often sketchy looking and make me feel extremely uncomfortable. If folks like this are entering the neighborhood, I fear that it will become more and more unsafe for neighborhood businesses, residents, and especially children.




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Mike

I bet you that is the simpleton graffiti vandal who was busted in 2015 for tagging up the neighborhood. I bet the idiot graduated to help pay off his restitution. That is his building. His name is in this publication from 3 years ago just go to archives to retrieve it. I would publish it but I may get flagged and blocked from posting it.




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Anonymous

so why do you not report this to the police this would help them get these people




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Concerned Resident.

You are absolutely right. I will report it. I guess I wasn’t being hopeful thinking the police might ask me for a name or which exact apt. I figured they would say they have bigger things to deal with than sit around waiting for this guy. But, thank you for making me realize that I must. I will definitely be calling. Thank you.




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Me

Please, please report this to NYPD, and if you can safely take pictures, do so. It seems like you can view this from your home, just make sure you cannot be identified because honestly you never know who these thugs are connected to.

My only problem with reporting other non-criminal issues like noise, fighting, loitering, etc, is that response is generally slow. We had group of 4 sketchy individuals right by the driveway of one of the houses across from our building, obviously making a deal or just plotting something — our super called 311 and reported, and they said unless there is criminal activity, it will be considered non-urgent. He received a confirmation about 4 hours later that NYPD responded but did not see anyone. Obviously they were gone by then, and we don’t expect NYPD to respond immediately to each but what would be the best action in cases like this? Like in your case, you can easily report the license number and and that might lead to a pull-over. They could just be trading yuhioh cards too, this is also why NYPD can’t just pull over every report or respond to every complain.




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Ernie

What is the plate number for their car — is it a BMW? Brief description of perps? What time of day is most common? What is the address of the building. I have no problem at all doing active surveillance and documenting all for the police. I’ve done it before and it leads to arrests. This is what should and has to be done.




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Joe at the Berkley

Hey that person posting as “me” on this stream has egg on their face yet again. An article or two back “me” said they never see the police on patrol only when they’re waking children with their sirens. Here is a great example, just because you don’t see it doesn’t mean it’s not there or being done. I think “Me” owes an apology.




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Me

I said on foot, and for them to get involved with community, build better image of the NYPD. Sunnyside should have a dedicated on foot patrol, like a small town were cops know the store owners, part of the community. I get it, this is NYC, but that’s what makes a difference.

I don’t owe an apology, but I congratulate them for catching these criminals, when our neighborhood is safer and clean of these junkies, then I can congratulate even more, but if you lived her as long as I have, you must have seen the change sunnyside has gone through.




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