Man arrested for stealing wine from Chelsea restaurant after scaling building, allegedly masturbating inside

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Police arrested a 50-year-old man after he allegedly scaled a wall at a West 24th Street building in an attempt to evade capture and reportedly stole wine from the restaurant’s cellar last week.

Steven Vega reportedly broke into Zauo, a Japanese restaurant at 152 West 24th Street, on Tuesday, August 20 around 12:40 a.m. when the restaurant was closed. Police said that the building manager spotted Vega inside through security cameras and said that he was inside the building illegally and without permission to be there.

When police arrived at the scene around 1:40 a.m., two officers spotted Vega on the second floor, after which he allegedly tried to escape through two separate roof access points. Police said that Vega then scaled down the side of the building, then went back up to the roof.

Three officers then followed Vega onto the roof by going up the fire escape and managed to arrest him. According to the district attorney’s office, police also spotted Vega allegedly masturbating via the surveillance video while Vega was allegedly in the hallway inside the building.

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Petite Abeille on the hunt for new logo

The Belgian restaurant is turning 20. The Peter Cooper location is now over 10. (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

The Belgian restaurant is turning 20. The Peter Cooper location is now over 10. (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

By Sabina Mollot

Petite Abeille, the Belgian restaurant well known for being family-friendly as well as its mouth-watering Croque Monsieurs, will soon be turning 20.

Yves Jadot, who owns the restaurant’s two locations (one in Peter Cooper Village, the other in Chelsea) with his brothers Christophe and David, said the company is going to be celebrating the landmark in part with a contest to design a new logo for the restaurant. Currently, it’s an image of a cute, smiling bee, since the meaning of Petite Abeille is “little bee.”

“What we’re saying is she’s all grown up,” explained Jadot. “She’s going to be 20 on July 19. She needs a facelift because she’s not a little girl anymore. The logo is a bit childish so we’re trying to make it more mature.”

July 19 is also when the restaurant in Peter Cooper will be holding its annual Belgian Day celebration, which usually includes a Miss Belgium pageant.
As for the art contest the company plans to hold, the winner will get a $1,000 cash prize as well as a life time of free brunch. Details on how to enter will soon be on the restaurant’s website.

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