The Side Bar on Front Street is one of five bars in a recent string of burglaries and attempted break-ins.
Owner Clark Shay tells NewsChannel 3 someone used a handtruck from the bar to steal a safe from his bar early Monday morning. He says the handtruck was later found at Fibber McGee's, another bar, just off Wrightsville Avenue.
James Hedyma, the manager of Fibber McGee's, said, "We're here to give the public a place to release and it's a shame that somebody wants to come in and take the money and maybe even ruin the business of people that are just trying give everybody a good time." Sweet and Savory is a restaurant across the street from Fibber McGee's.
The general manager of Sweet and Savory, Dave Herring, said , "This used to be a pretty good neighborhood but with a lot of the new businesses coming in and late night party crowd, I guess that's where that came from." Police say other bars that were hit early Monday morning are Rum Runners on Front Street, Linda's Lounge on Carolina Beach Road, and Reggie's Bar on 42nd St.
David Wallen lives across the street from Reggie's Bar and said he was not aware of a break in.
He told NewsChannel 3, "It really doesn't affect my feelings any. I regret to hear that for the owner of the bar and all, but it happens everywhere unfortunately nowadays." These cases have been assigned to detectives but police say it's too early to determine if these incidents are connected.