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New York State Police are requesting the public’s assistance in identifying four women who stole $796 worth of coats from Dick’s Sporting Goods in Aurelius. Monday, Dec. 12. Police said they walked down the power aisle and separated before circling back to the outwear department. There, store staff assisted them in choosing four North Face coats to purchase.
Instead, two of the women exited the building, while the other two walked to the front of the store and hung up the coats near the door. The one way door did not open as an exit, so police said the women waited until another customer entered the store to grab the coats and leave.
Police said all four women are black, in their 20s and stand about 5 feet, 6 inches tall. In the surveillance photos, police said the woman wearing the brown coat and hat, as well as the woman wearing the black coat and gray scarf are the two individuals who ran out of the store with the stolen items.
The larceny investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call Trooper Andrew Campbell at (315) 255 2766.
Two Auburn men are facing robbery charges after they allegedly attacked an elderly man and stole his wallet. Monday was reported hours later. A 72 year old man said he was walking through the city parking garage on Lincoln Street when he was knocked down by two male suspects wearing dark clothing.
The victim told police that the suspects went through his pockets and stole his wallet. The 72 year old man wasn’t injured in the attack and the suspects fled the scene on foot.
Using video surveillance from several downtown businesses, police were able to identify two suspects. Images of the suspects were distributed to police on Monday. Tuesday, Officer Michael Warter located two men who matched the description of the robbery suspects. The men were interviewed by Auburn police detectives.
Austin M. Coff, 18, of 23 Westlake Ave., Auburn, and Majel D. Sheffield, 20, of 9 Barber St., Auburn, were arrested and charged with second degree robbery, a class C felony.
Police say the robbery investigation is ongoing and further charges may be pending.
Anyone with information about the case should contact Detective Christopher Coopper at (315) 25504706. Callers may remain anonymous.
Coff and Sheffield are no strangers to the criminal justice system.
The pair were among three teenagers arrested in 2014 after a series of car break ins in Auburn and Owasco, and Sheffield was charged in March 2016 with violating his probation.
Coff was sentenced to state prison in August 2015 after pleading guilty to grand larceny for stealing a wallet. He had been expected to be sentenced to probation for that crime but was arrested again less than two weeks after his guilty plea and charged with menacing and criminal mischief for allegedly pointing a pellet gun at someone and throwing a rock into the window of a car.
For Jeanie and Dan Coe, opening a country western bar in Auburn was a spur of the moment decision.
As of opening day Nov. 18, the husband and wife are the owners and operators of Whiskey Boots at 192 State St. With weekly line dancing lessons on its spacious floor, live music and country themed cocktails, the new bar caters to an audience the Coes don’t believe were served by Auburn’s nightlife scene.
“We wanted to make a safe place for couples to go and enjoy a night of dancing,” Jeanie said Thursday. “We just wanted something completely different than what this town already has.”
For the Coes, though, leasing the space and starting their first business there is about more than the market: It’s where the two first met. Twelve years ago, Dan DJed at what was then the Rockin’ Robin. As he and Jeanie met and fell in love there, it became “their” place where they hung out with friends, they said.
The Rockin’ Robin would close and reopen as Fat Boys in 2013. Under new ownership, and with Dan still DJing there and Jeanie now bartending, the bar developed a “horrible” reputation for fights, the Coes said. Meanwhile, Dan worked for the state and Jeanie for McMurphy’s Authentic Irish Pub at the Holiday Inn, also as a bartender.
Then, in 2015, Fat Boys closed and opportunity came a knockin’ for the Coes.
Dan has always had a passion for the bar at 192 State St., Jeanie said, and when it became available, he suggested they bite.
The Coes signed the lease June 1 and went to work. on construction, Dan and Jeanie “just winged it,” she said.
Dan oversaw installation of the bar’s porcelain tile floor, made to appear like the floor of a barn, in a lengthy process Jeanie called “a nightmare.” He spent weeks hand sanding the bar down to its original wood finish, applied seven coats of lacquer to shine it up, and added a foot rail and coat hooks. He covered the walls in sheets of stained oak.
“Everything in that bar, Dan’s had his hands on,” Jeanie said. “It’s beautiful.”
Jeanie, meanwhile, hand painted an American flag mural near the bar with friend Callie Shutter. The bathroom doors were coated in chalkboard paint so patrons can leave messages there. And The Kehoes made the new pub tables out of Jim Beam bourbon whiskey barrels.
The Coes wanted their bar to be welcoming, they said. They staff security and cater to law enforcement, first responders and corrections officers in part so people made skittish by the space’s old reputation will feel safe coming to Whiskey Boots. So far, so good: The bar doesn’t see much of Fat Boys’ clientele, Jeanie said, but some of the Rockin’ Robin’s regulars have returned.
“We always say it was the old Rockin’ Robin,” she said. “It was more of a dance club, and it wasn’t a lot of trouble.”