Burglar floods Seattle restaurant with beer

SEATTLE -- A burglar pulled a "wet bandits" on a Queen Anne restaurant last week when he left a beer tap on full blast, flooding the basement, freezer and cabinets, according to the Seattle Police Department.

According to the police report for the incident, surveillance cameras caught the burglar using a rock to smash out a back window at the restaurant in the 100 block of First Avenue North around 11:24 p.m. March 13, only minutes after the owner had locked up and left for the night.

Despite setting off the restaurant's alarm, the burglar grabbed 30 bottles of alcohol from the bar, locking one of the beer taps in the on position in the process, according to the report.

According to the report, the burglar left, but the beer kept flowing, causing the line between the tap and keg to break.

Officers arrived to find the basement, freezer and below-bar shelving flooded. Vegetables and other food were ruined, and beer was dripping down from the top of the basement freezer. The deluge of beer didn't stop until the keg was completely emptied.

A K-9 unit was unable to track the burglar, who had left the scene by the time officers arrived, according to the report.

The owner of the restaurant told police he is worried because it is the second time he has been burglarized since buying and opening the restaurant.