VIDEO: Local Syracuse brewery robbed, community steps up to help with aftermath

Outdoor and indoor security video of the Buried Acorn break-in

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — A brick through your front door isn’t the best way to kick off your Friday morning.

For Buried Acorn Brewery’s owner, Tim Shore, that’s exactly how the day started.

The brewery and restaurant on Hiawatha Boulevard was broken into on Friday, May 3, around 2 a.m.

The suspect threw a brick — numerous times — to crack the glass, and get in through the front door.

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Shore explained that the perpetrator ran in, tried to open the register, and when that failed, ran away with it.

Syracuse Police recovered the register, but not the suspect. It was found empty behind a nearby business. Shore says there was only a little over $200 in it.

A couple hundred wasn’t a huge hit for the brewery owner, but, the $1,000 to replace the glass door was. That’s steep for a small business.

But during a low point, the local beer community stepped up for a fellow brewer.

Shore said that other businesses held a beer auction where they would sell golf tickets, liquor, beer, and more. And with that, they were able to raise the money needed to fix the door within record time.

Five days after the break-in, the funds were replenished.

“It’s really overwhelming for us to receive in the opposite direction,” Shore said. “We have been completely blown away, floored, flattered by people around us.”

His gratitude towards those who helped out was overflowing. He explained how beyond the auction, regulars would come in and buy cases of beer, or Buried Acorn hoodies to help out in any way they could.

Many were reaching out and saying, “How can I help you?”

Shore, and his business partner, and wife Crystal, tried to remain lighthearted about the incident. They posted their security footage from the night of the break-in with sarcastic captions.

“This is something that a small business has to deal with,” said Shore.

In an area somewhat isolated — with no physical connection to another building — and with a lot of traffic, Shore explained that this isn’t the first time they’ve had issues. In 2021 they had to step up their security, as they had some loitering issues.

The cameras used to capture this smash-and-grab were put in place as a result of that.

“One person isn’t going to affect us, and how we move forward,” said Shore.

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