Blame it on the alcohol?
Police stole $30,000 price of booze as a part of an unlawful seizure at a Bronx restaurant — together with $10,000 in money from the proprietor’s adjoining enterprise, a lawsuit prices.
Rolando Feliz says he watched as cops from the 50th Precinct hauled off his whole inventory of suds and spirits, from Corona and Negro Modelo to Patrón Silver and Hennessy — 124 circumstances in complete.
“I didn’t do something and I misplaced every thing,” Feliz, 50, informed the Every day Information.
Cellphone video obtained by The Information exhibits beer, wine and liquor being packed into two police vans through the Might raid. Vouchers had been by no means turned over to Feliz or the Bronx district legal professional’s workplace, and the loot has not been situated.
Police insist nothing is amiss. “The NYPD took vital and correct enforcement actions to shut an unlawful social membership,” Lt. John Grimpel mentioned in a press release.
Cops stormed into La Rola Restaurant on E. 198th St. close to Webster Ave. round 7:30 p.m. on Might 19 with a warrant to seek for a weapon and associated gadgets — none of which had been discovered. Feliz was informed the raid was related to a close-by police taking pictures.
He claims cops collected a big sum of money from a store he runs subsequent door to the Dominican eatery and bar, the place he operates a money-transfer service — and that $10,000 was not returned.
Police requested him the place the safety cameras had been and “ripped them off the wall” earlier than trashing the place, he mentioned. They destroyed his computer systems and a useful secure, Feliz alleges. He accuses the search staff of destroying $6,000 price of electronics together with making off with all his booze.
The daddy of two, who emigrated from the Dominican Republic in 1996, was charged with possession of a video poker machine and playing slips.
Feliz took a dismissal deal in Bronx Legal Courtroom and says the machine was left by the owner earlier than he took over and the slips at difficulty had been screenshots of a playing web site he’d by no means seen earlier than.
Police returned the on line casino machine — which Feliz says had been stuffed away in storage and by no means used once they dusted it off and charged him for it.
“That was an abuse, what they did to me, as a result of I by no means had a gun,” mentioned the previous livery-cab driver, who works seven days per week operating his companies.
His insurance coverage firm refused to reimburse him for the losses, telling him, “In the event that they rob you, that’s one factor, nevertheless it was the police that took it,” he mentioned.
“Not getting ready a property bill to doc the seizure of the beer, wine and liquor facilitated the legal theft of the beer, wine and liquor by the police,” Feliz’s lawyer John Angrisani wrote in a lawsuit anticipated to be filed Monday in Bronx Supreme Courtroom. “The property in query was not contraband or proof of crime.”
Feliz was slapped with summonses and violations underneath the Alcohol and Beverage Management Legislation primarily based on a police referral. A pending State Liquor Authority cost is for “transferring” his license to the store subsequent door, the place a lot of the booze was taken from. Feliz says the spirits had been quickly moved from storage for cleansing whereas the storefront was closed.
“We’ll evaluation the allegations within the criticism and reply accordingly,” mentioned a spokesman for town’s Legislation Division.