Crackdown on Crime - Y2K Lounge Burglaries

By Lee Peck - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - No doubt known for a good time, the Famous Y2K Lounge has fallen on hard times - having been the target of not one but three burglaries.

"In this case on the 13th of April, the 29th of April and the 30th of April... The same location 2212 Broad Street was victimized by three burglaries," said Lake Charles Police Sgt. Mark Kraus.

Kraus says in each case, it happened after business hours. The suspects breaking in the front door. Once inside they went for the money in the jukebox and the pool table. Next they hit behind the bar cleaning out the cash from the night before, but not leaving before taking all the alcohol.

"It has to be somebody who knows the business, knows the after hours, knows when to hit them," said patron Tina Broussard.

Broussard's theory isn't far from off from that of investigators. Each time the burglar is able to get in and get out despite an alarm system.

"The alarm system goes off each time, but by the time the policemen get here, these guys are gone... Or women whoever they are, they're gone by the time police get here," explained Broussard.

On at least on one occasion police weren't far behind. "We got the call so quick that we found property that the suspect had left behind in terms of money and some of the alcohol that he had taken on the previous burglaries... We found it stacked up at a door where he was making his exit," said Kraus.

Still the damage has been done. Every time the door is compromised it has to be repaired and those costs are not always easy to come by these days.

"After so many times it's coming out of your pocket," said Broussard.

But the Y2K Lounge apparently isn't alone. Similar robberies have been reported at other area bars. No word yet on if they're connected.

If you have any information in this case you're asked to call the Lake Charles Police Department at 491-1311 or Crimestoppers at 439-2222. A reward is being offered.

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