Rockland man accused of stealing cash from local bar

By Juliette Laaka | Aug 26, 2014

Rockland — A 34-year-old Rockland man is accused of stealing $700 from a local bar, reportedly entering the business through a window in the women's bathroom.

Robert Beerman made an initial court appearance Aug. 25 in Sixth District Court and was represented by attorney of the day James Mason. Bail was set at $750 cash, and he will appear in court again Oct. 29.

Beerman, charged with burglary and theft, initially denied taking the money, but later admitted to police he stole money from Cuzzy's Bar and Grill on Bay View Street in Camden Aug. 16 because he was broke.

Beerman accessed the money by prying open a lock box open with pliers to retrieve the cash.

Video footage from the business showed Beerman drinking a Twisted Tea and taking the money. From the video footage, Beerman appears intoxicated and fell several times during the heist, according to an affidavit filed by police.

When Beerman was approached by police, he was wearing the same T-shirt he donned while at the bar and had bruises on his face, presumably a result of the falls he took while stealing the cash, said court papers.

Beerman told police he was ashamed for taking the money, and did not recall the previous three days because he was drinking heavily.

The money was located at Beerman's residence and also in his bank account.

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