Brooklyn Nets Announcer's Cigar Lounge Hit by Thieves, Police Say
BROOKLYN — Two dapper thieves stole four boxes of cigars Friday afternoon from a Fort Greene smoking lounge run by the announcer for the Brooklyn Nets, police said.
The two men, whose photos were released by police, broke into Diamante's Brooklyn Cigar Lounge, 108 South Oxford St., about 15 minutes before the shop was due to open at 5 p.m., snatched the boxes, and fled, the NYPD said.
One of the men was wearing what appears to be a fedora and a lightly colored cardigan, according to surveillance photos. The other wore a dark cardigan over a button-down shirt.
The lounge was opened in 2009 by David Diamante, a well-known sports announcer who currently works with the Brooklyn Nets and hosts NBC Sports' highlights show, "The 'Lights," along with announcing boxing on HBO, Showtime, SNY and MSG, according to his profile.
Investigators were still trying to determine the brand and value of the stolen stogies, a police spokesman said Monday.
Diamante boasts about having traveled to Cuba, the Dominican Republic and other cigar hot spots, and his shop offers his own creations along with more established brands like Macanudo, Romeo y Julieta and Arturo Fuente, according to the lounge's website. He was not immediately available for comment.
Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477).