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Thirsty Thief Smashes Window, Grabs Whiskey at Sidecar Bar, Owner Says

By Benjamin Woodard | April 18, 2013 10:31am | Updated on April 18, 2013 3:28pm

ROGERS PARK — Thieves made off with three bottles of Colm Treacy's whiskey after smashing his bar window with a brick, the Sidecar bar owner said.

Police at the scene Thursday morning described the break-in as a burglary. Treacy, the embattled bar owner whose T's Bar in Uptown recently was closed down by the Cook County Sheriff's Office in a spat over unpaid rent, said he might know the perpetrator.

Treacy said three bottles of whiskey were taken from the Sidecar, 6920 N. Glenwood Ave., between 5 and 6 a.m. after the front door's window was shattered with a brick.

No money was stolen nor anything else disturbed, he said.

Police said an evidence technician would take photos of the door. The shattered glass had been cleaned up by 9:30 a.m.

Earlier this month, Treacy's Glenwood Bar, just a few blocks away, was boycotted by patrons claiming longtime manager and part owner Renee Labrana had been forced out of the business.

A private Facebook group, called Friends of Renee, quickly garnered hundreds of members while Labrana was vacationing in Mexico.

Former Glenwood patrons searched for other neighborhood bars to frequent, including the Act One Pub on Morse Avenue and Parlour on Clark Street.

On Friday, a well-attended welcome home celebration was held for Labrana at the Act One Pub a couple of days after she returned from her vacation.

Some friends of Labrana said she was looking to open a bar of her own in Rogers Park.

Contributing: Adeshina Emmanuel