After harrowing encounter with armed bandits, bar owner vows to get cameras

[Editor’s Note: Post originally appeared on SILive.com, where I was a breaking news intern from January to August 2016.]
Thomas Hanrahan has owned Buddy’s Wonder Bar for 47 years.

And after coming face-to-face with an armed robbery crew Thursday night, he’s planning to install cameras inside his beloved Port Richmond pub.

Hanrahan and a handful of patrons, including his brother-in-law, were inside the establishment at 17 Harrison Ave. at 10:49 p.m. when, police say, three male suspects barged in.

“I tell my workers at night, ‘We have a buzzer lock. Use it,'” Hanrahan said on Friday. “It was left open, so naturally that invites people to come in. This could’ve all been avoided.”

The men threatened a woman at the counter. One had a firearm and fired off a round that lodged itself into a wall, police said.

Fortunately, no one was injured, cops said.

Hanrahan said he could tell the men were scared because they were anxious to take any money that they were able to and leave as soon as they could.

And that they did — leaving with around $200 from the cash register, according to the owner.

The extent of the damage was the bullet in the wall that left a sizable splintered hole and a mirror that was cracked when police had to use a drill to retrieve the bullet.

Police described one suspect as a black male, wearing a white colored hoodie, and the other two suspects as black males.

Anyone with information can call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers hotline at 800-577-8477 (TIPS), submit tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers’ website or by texting their tips to CRIMES (274637), then entering TIP577.