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Gutter bawls! Gunpoint robbery at Maple Lanes nets $80K • Brooklyn Paper

Gutter bawls! Gunpoint robbery at Maple Lanes nets $80K

Bowling at Maple Lanes could be replaced by praying at a new shul — if the city OKs a zoning change.
Photo by Steve Solomonson

Two gunmen made off with $80,000 from Bensonhurst’s Maple Lanes bowling alley in a brazen daylight robbery on Wednesday afternoon.

Cops say the men entered the venerable 16th Avenue bowling center through the rear door on the 61st Street side of the building at 4:30 pm and headed straight to the basement, where four employees were counting the cash at a table.

Police say the robbers, who were brandishing handguns, made off with $80,000 without firing a shot or injuring anyone.

Management confirmed the amount taken, but declined further comment.

A source said that the crooks knew what they were doing — and when to do it, as this particularly Wednesday night was a night when bowling league’s would be handing out money from competitions.

The big haul comes as the future of Maple Lanes is up in the air. The owners of the beloved 48-lane bowling Mecca are trying to convince the city to let them rezone their land to allow for a synagogue and apartments. Such a move would mean the end of the 51-year-old alley.

Police urge anyone with information about the robbery to call the Crimestoppers hotline at (800) 577-8477.

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