Published Wednesday, 31 October 2012
The broken window at Ryan's Bar in south Belfast. (© Ryan's Bar)
In a Facebook post which already has almost 1,000 'likes', the manager of Ryan's Bar sent a message to those responsible for the bungled burglary - in which a brick was thrown through a window.
"Hey burglars! Thanks for our new brick!" the post read.
"Hope the empty till drawer was worth it. Bonus points for breaking into a cupboard that wasn't locked to find our valuable crayon collection ..."
The break-in at the Lisburn Road premises happened in the early hours of last Wednesday.
Bar manager Gerrie Anderson told UTV she had been overwhelmed by the response on Facebook and Twitter, after lots of regular customers and people further afield got in touch.
"I just wanted to let people know we were open for business as usual and that everyone was okay," she said. "But the response was phenomenal."
A 22-year old man was arrested shortly after police arrived at the scene.
A PSNI spokesman told UTV: "He was charged with burglary and was due to appear at Belfast Magistrates Court on the morning of Thursday 25 October."