Sunday, March 22, 2015

Crime Watch: Dunkin' Donuts robbery foiled by bat-wielding Bangladeshi MBA


East Harlem Dunkin' Donuts employee Imtiaj Ahmed Belal, who has an MBA from Metropolitan University in Bangladesh, brandishes the famous bat with which he drove off the would-be robber. (Do they play much baseball in Bangladesh?)

by Ken

We can add this tale to the fairly specific genre of Annals of Crime in Dunkin' Donuts, which is headed by the story that so tickled the late Tommy Magliozzi of Car Talk fame: the DD robbery that was foiled when most of the people in the place turned out to be cops, thereby vindicating Tommy's frequently voiced characterization of cops as doughnut-eaters. (I guess today people like Rudy Giuliani would denounce Tommy as "anti-police." Which, as a matter of fact, he kind of was.)

This story features a less familiar archetype: a DD counter person with an MBA from Bangladesh who brandishes a baseball bat at the perp.

Donut Shop Employee Chases Off Robber With Baseball Bat

By Gustavo Solis on March 20, 2015 7:57am

This is a screen grab of what's supposed to be a video of the attempted robbery. Maybe you'll have better luck getting it to play onsite than I did.

EAST HARLEM — Baseball season came early to an East 116th Street Dunkin' Donuts when a cashier squared off with a would-be robber, chasing him away with a bat, security video shows.

Imtiaj Ahmed Belal, who has been working the graveyard shift at the doughnut chain near Lexington Ave. for the last four months, said he was startled when the man came in about 1:30 a.m. on March 11, pulled out a sharpened screwdriver, waved it in his face and started pointing to the cash register.

“I was so nervous,” said Belal, 28. “I have never had something like this happen before in my life. He kept shouting, 'Hurry up, open the cash register, open the cash register.’”

Belal, who said he holds an MBA from Metropolitan University in Bangladesh, headed toward the register. But instead of handing over the cash, he grabbed a baseball bat from behind the counter, the recording shows.

He waved the bat in the air and shouted at the man.

The bald robber, who was dressed in a dark blue jacket and carried a white bag, seemed to reconsider when he saw the lumber.

The would-be thief put his hands up and backed away as Belal, who said he'd never before been in a fight or played baseball, gave chase. Police said Thursday the investigation is ongoing, and there have been no arrests.

Prior to March 11, Belal said his biggest headaches at work had been customers who tried to sleep on tables and teenagers who'd attempted to swipe soda from the fridge.

He moved to New York eight months ago to be with his family, but is now hoping to make crime prevention a full-time career.

“I want to try to enter the NYPD,” he said. “The police here are so helpful. When I called they came right away and they call me whenever they have an update.”



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