‘Masked pirate’ nabbed for stealing safe from bar in Oregon

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PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — More than 8 months after a thief in a pirate mask stole a safe from a Cornelius sports bar and restaurant, a man was arrested by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

Sean Robert Tait is accused of breaking into the Last Lap sports bar on North Adair Street in Cornelius in July 2018. 

The night of the robbery, a burglar wearing a pirate mask — including a fake eye patch, parrot and beard — broke into the Last Lap and stole a safe with about $4000 in cash inside.

The burglar somehow wedged open the back door of the restaurant around 8 p.m., owner Alan Snyder said at that time. “Then he came back around 11:30 p.m. and went in. And once he was in it was all on surveillance after that.”

On the video, the pirate-burglar can be seen holding a fire extinguisher. He was wearing shorts and a t-shirt that was only covering his front.

He spots the safe, then spots the surveillance camera and disables the wires. After the pirate disabled the one surveillance camera, “you can see him walk out through a couple of the other cameras with the hand truck,” Snyder said then.

Snyder said the safe was from the 1940s or 1950s.

Tate is being held at the Washington County Jail for burglary, theft, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and possession of a stolen vehicle.

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