Robbers Steal Beer, Beat Bodega Clerk with Baseball Bat on Grand Street

Posted on: June 10th, 2021 at 5:00 am by

Photo: NYPD

Two robbers on Grand Street last week stole a case of beer before beating the clerk with a baseball bat, police said.

The suspects entered the Deli and Grill Bodega at 523 Grand Street (near Columbia Street) at 4:55am last Friday, and then left with a five-finger-discounted case of Coors Light.

The 65-year-old bodega clerk, who had a baseball bat, followed the thieves outside, leading to a dispute over payment. The interaction escalated, and both suspects started punching and kicking the victim, who fell to the ground while fighting back. One of the suspects then grabbed the bat and started pummeling him, while the accomplice allegedly went back inside to steal boxes of Newport cigarettes worth $450, police said.

Both suspects then fled the scene. One is described as a man with a mid-30s man with medium complexion and medium build, weighing about 160 pounds, with short, black hair and multiple tattoos; the other is mid-30s, dark complexion, medium build, and about 190 pounds.

The victim, who suffered non-life-threatening head and body injuries, was treated by EMS on scene.

The whole altercation was caught on surveillance, and was released to the public yesterday morning.

Recent Stories

Delivery Worker Slashed and Mugged in Ridge Street Condo

A food delivery worker on the job was slashed across the face Sunday evening while in the elevator of a luxury condo building on Ridge Street, according to police. The unidentified victim, a 29-year-old man, had been in the elevator of 78 Ridge Street (Ridge Street Residences nee River Ridge Condo) when he was approached by […]

Under Community Pressure, City Moves to Renovate Rivington Playground

As Sara D. Roosevelt Park continues its steady descent, area stakeholders are pushing to rehabilitate a key playground in the northern section of the park to stave off the danger element. The Rivington Street Playground, situated across from the M’finda Kalunga Garden, is next on the docket for a refresh, much in the same way […]

‘Belse’ Erases Paulaner from the Bowery Ahead of New Vegan Brewery

A vegan brewery and restaurant is poised to open on the Bowery, taking the place of the failed, and since fallow, Paulaner Brauhaus. Indeed, as previously reported, Dallas-based Belse is on board to take over 265-267 Bowery. The relative newcomer – which began life last February – will go even bigger with this larger Lower […]

Moscot Moves HQ from the Corner to New Orchard Street Store

Moscot is no longer on the corner, leaving behind Orchard and Delancey for a spot just paces to the south. And for the first time in its history, no rent to pay. As first reported by Bowery Boogie earlier this year, the centenary opticians chose the mid-block space at 94 Orchard as new base of […]

Mark Miller Reopens Orchard Street Gallery This Week with Street Artist Hektad

The Mark Miller Gallery returns to Orchard Street this week, and is enlisting the help of an established graffiti writer to help relaunch. The longtime Lower East Side showroom will reopen on Wednesday – after a two-year pandemic hiatus – with an exhibit featuring Hektad. “Looking at the graffiti art of Hektad is like finding […]