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Deer Crashes Through Patchogue Restaurant's Window (Update)

Animal smashes through front window and causes interior damage, co-owner said.

Security footage of the deer running around the inside of Harbor Crab.
Security footage of the deer running around the inside of Harbor Crab.

Frank Mills, the co-owner of Harbor Crab Company Restaurant and Marina in Patchogue, thought that his restaurant might have been robbed when he received a call Thursday morning stating that the front window of his restaurant was smashed.

Upon arrival from his home in Blue Point, he discovered the intruder to be a deer that was being held captive by two of his employees, who according to a Newsday report, had to wrestle the animal to the ground and tie it with an electrical cord.

According to the report Suffolk County police and town animal control officers arrived at the restaurant and released the deer after determining it was not hurt.

The deer smashed through a front window and was trying to break through the rear window when the employees caught it, Mills said in the report. While inside the deer caused interior damage, including ripped upholstery.

Patch visited the restaurant Friday morning and employees said that the broken window has already been replaced.

While none of the damage is covered by insurance, Mills said that compared to Superstorm Sandy’s damage in 2012 the deer was not as much of an issue.

“A year ago we had five feet of water in the place,” Mills said in the report. “I don’t have a problem with the deer.”

Click here for the original report in Newsday (Subscription).

Article updated at 3:33 p.m. with video footage provided by Harbor Crab.

John Bogack November 02, 2013 at 01:50 PM
One odd story for sure. It's very unusual for a deer to take a stroll down Division street. Geese lots of them for sure but not deer. Where did it come from in the first place? Also unusual for a deer to be hurtling into a glass window unless the deer was afraid of something. Now being chased by a restuarant owner might qualify for a good reason for a deer trying to avoid getting on the menu but that does not explain the earlier break in so to speak. And just where was that deer released to? Sounds like someone knew where there might be a deer herd after all missing one of their crew. Like I said one strange story.
DeWayne Meeks November 02, 2013 at 04:00 PM
I was close by with my wife and I said, "dear did you see that".
Dave November 03, 2013 at 04:56 PM
Deer! It's what's for dinner.
Peter Gozinya November 04, 2013 at 08:35 AM
Nice to know he's not whining about Sandy like the rest of the money mongers still looking for millions of our tax dollars in handouts. I lost my entire world to hurricane Andrew and nobody gave me a damn nickel, no insurance. I took out a loan to replace stuff, picked myself up and moved on. Nowadays it seems everyone thinks it is the governments fault and responsibility to pay you for everything and anything and the least little thing that happens to anyone, there's instantly a collection being taken up for them. It's rather sickening and the reason we have so many people on welfare and staying there. They feel it is their entitlement and they aren't going to look for work to better themselves if they can sit on their butts and get everything for free from the government.

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