Betty Boop stolen from Beez restaurant

A Betty Boop statue inside Beez restaurant in SE Portland (KOIN 6 News)
A Betty Boop statue inside Beez restaurant in SE Portland (KOIN 6 News)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – For the second time in less than three weeks, a Southeast Portland restaurant has been hit by burglars, and this time they took Betty Boop.

Owner Julie Hamilton told KOIN 6 News that she received a phone call from her alarm company at about 2:15 a.m. Friday to report the break-in at Beez Holgate Station, located at 4507 SE 27th Ave.

According to Hamilton, the burglars broke a front window and snatched the restaurant’s signature 4 ½-foot Betty Boop statue. Nothing else was taken.

“What I’d really like is my Betty Boop to be back,” Hamilton said. “The window can be replaced, the Betty Boop is just valuable to me. It’s something that I’ve been collecting for several years. I don’t care if they just drop it off, I’d just really like to have the thing back.”

This is the second break-in since last month. On Sept. 18, a man was caught in the act of breaking into Beez. According to Portland police, 51-year-old William James O’Donnell came in through a walk-up window and dumped stolen items into several trash cans he intended to then take away. He also threw the cash register on the floor. He was caught by police trying to run out a back door and arrested on burglary and theft charges.

Despite this morning’s break-in, the restaurant remained open Friday and was serving customers.

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