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Harlem gay bar broken into and burglarized in broad daylight: police

Harlem gay bar Alibi broken into and burglarized
Posted at 12:52 PM, Jul 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-30 04:47:19-04

HARLEM, Manhattan — A Harlem gay bar that made headlines last year when its pride flags were set on fire was the victim of another crime Tuesday.

Alibi Lounge was broken into and burglarized Tuesday in broad daylight, authorities confirmed.

According to the NYPD, the break in occurred around 11:40 a.m. at the bar located at 2376 Seventh Ave., between West 138th and 139th streets.

Alibi, which recently met its GoFundMe campaign goal for pandemic relief aid, posted about the incident in an update on the website Tuesday evening.

"The front door was kicked in and we were burglarized...This is extremely stressful and depressing," bar owner Alexi Minko wrote.

Minko told PIX11 he received an alert that the alarm had been set off at the business. He initially thought it was perhaps the building's landlord entering without notifying him.

He headed over, arriving just 10 minutes later, and discovered the damaged front door.

"To see that it was an actual break in, in broad daylight, sent me in a spiral of defeat," Minko said.

At first it didn't appear that anything had been taken, he said, but upon further inspection he noticed cash was missing from the register.

Authorities said nearly $400 was reported stolen.

"This is another setback but we have seen this happen before," the owner wrote. "We will rise up again and proudly flaunt our flags as soon as we get a new door!"

No arrests have been made and the investigation is ongoing, police said.

Submit tips to police by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477), visiting www.nypdcrimestoppers.com, downloading the NYPD Crime Stoppers mobile app, or texting 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577. Spanish-speaking callers are asked to dial 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).

PIX11's report on Alibi's pride flags being set ablaze last year:

Pride flag burned at Harlem gay bar again