Frazier’s on the Avenue in Hampden fell victim to a reckless act of vandalism and theft early today.
Police say officers were called to the 77-year-old neighborhood restaurant and bar at on W. 36th Street this morning at 5:30 a.m. for a reported burglary. At the scene, they found someone had broken the glass door and gone inside. Investigators believe it happened just over a half-hour before they showed up.
Surveillance footage shared by police shows the suspect walked straight across the Avenue holding what investigators say was a brick, wound up and then tossed it through the glass. The video doesn’t show much about the suspect’s features, except that the person was wearing dark clothing.
Police say the individual took money from the business before fleeing. Officers didn’t find anyone in the bar during a search of the premises.
By Friday afternoon, the bar had replaced the glass on the front door, and the establishment was up and running as usual.
An owner or manager of Frazier’s wasn’t available to comment on the incident.
Anyone with information about the burglary is asked to call the Northern District at 410-396-2455 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP.
The burglary at Frazier’s happened only 11 days after someone robbed Mom’s Organic Market up the street in the Rotunda.
Speaking very broadly, 2016 has been a mixed bag for North Baltimore in terms of thefts and burglaries. The most recent data from police shows burglaries are down 20 percent through Dec. 17, though robberies are just barely up from last year.
This story has been updated.
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