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Tremont restaurant owners on alert after liquor stolen from Treehouse Bar

Posted at 11:07 AM, Dec 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-30 11:07:13-05

It was broad daylight right before Christmas when someone got into Treehouse Bar through its back alleyway and rode away on a bike with a bag full of liquor.

It was one of the few times Treehouse Bar owner Paul Jones says the doors and gates weren't locked when the suspect was caught on camera lifting bottles of scotch, whiskey and soda.

"It's just a violation, you feel violated," said Jones. "We were taking deliveries in and he snuck in when that was happening so I was literally in the next room."

Just around the block, Fat Cat owner Ricardo Sandoval says over his more than two decades in the community, he thinks the area doesn't have the problems it once did.

"I would think that it’s definitely happening less and being reported more," said Sandoval.

He says newer residents in the community are much more likely to go to the police when robberies happen.

The key, Ricardo says, is security cameras.

His "eyes in the sky" got a close up of an armed robbery suspect a little more than a year ago.

"The guy looked right at the camera and right now he’s doing 12 and a half years in prison," said Sandoval. "So I’m a huge advocate for cameras."

Back at Treehouse, Paul has the cameras, and the locks, and now a fresh memory to make sure they're only open for paying customers.

"We had our guard down for a minute and that’s all it took," said Jones.

Businesses in the community say they think they recognize the man in the security camera footage as someone who hangs around the neighborhood a lot. They aren't sure what his name is, but they at least think they have an idea for who to look for.