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Steak tips for police tips: Restaurant robbed, is offering meaty reward

Union Leader Correspondent

October 09. 2018 8:12PM

Raymond police are seeking information on this person, who they say broke into the Tuckaway Tavern and Butchery early Tuesday morning. (Raymond Police Department)

RAYMOND — The Tuckaway Tavern and Butchery is offering its award-winning house steak tips and a $2,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of someone who town police say broke into the popular restaurant early Tuesday morning and stole an estimated $25,000 in cash and coins.

Just hours after the break-in, Tuckaway launched a “Tip-Off for Tips” promotion on its Facebook page to try to track down the thief whose image was caught on surveillance video.

“We do a lot of charity work and we try to give back as much as we can. It’s especially heartbreaking to the employees here. It stinks that somebody would choose this location,” said Nezar Mahir, Tuckaway’s assistant general manager.

Police said in a news release on its Facebook page that the incident occurred Tuesday about 1:30 a.m. after the restaurant on Route 27 had closed.

Mahir said the thief was wearing a bandanna, hat and jacket and used a crowbar to pry open an outside door.

A cleaning crew that arrived around 3 a.m. didn’t notice anything right away, Mahir said.

An employee who showed up at 4 a.m. was the first one to notice, police said.

Mahir said the door was damaged. The thief was able to break open a safe and took off with a “substantial” amount of money, he said.

Mahir didn’t offer an estimate of the amount taken, but police said it was estimated at about $25,000.

The good news, Mahir said, is that no one was injured.

“Nobody came into contact with him, which was good,” he said.

Mahir said he hopes the offer of steak tips and a $2,000 cash reward will be enough to generate leads.

The plan, he said, is to offer the reward for information leading to the thief’s capture, arrest and conviction, and then to offer the steak tips for the duration of the sentence.

“We’re looking for anything,” Mahir said.

Police are asking anyone with information to contact detective Michael Drake at or the police department at 895-4747.

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