Bronx bar manager calls for help finding 2 suspects in connection to stolen mascot portrait

Alfie’s Place has been in the Bronx community for over 51 years. Now the bar is not only closed but says their mascot has been stolen. 
The sign is a portrait of Alfie, the dog of the bar’s original owner. According to surveillance video, the sign was removed on Feb. 20. 
Surveillance footage shows two people approaching the bar after midnight with a ladder. One person appeared to stand watch, while the other climbed the ladder and removed the sign with what looked like a crowbar. 
"This bar has been part of the neighborhood for 51 years now. This sign was not going to be thrown out, this is something that was going to stay with my family and has a lot of sentimental value,” said Manager and Building Owner Kenny Banker. 
Banker says surveillance footage shows the suspects fleeing toward Edison Avenue. He says the bar closed its doors for good in September after he says they were buried in $70,000 worth of fines, revenue loss and a crushed business due to the pandemic. 
Banker reported the stolen sign to the police. They tell News 12 they are investigating the incident and that no arrests have been made at this time. 
Banker says he’s working to identify the emblem on the sweatshirts of the two suspects in the footage.