Some party-pooping punks broke into the Lola Star boutique in Coney Island on Tuesday, effectively clearing out one of the Boardwalk’s most popular vendors.
Owner Dianna Carlin told us that she arrived at her shop, which is between W. 12th Street and Stillwell Avenue, to find the roll-down door pried open — and most of her cash, legendary T-shirts and jewelry missing.
Worse, she doesn’t have theft insurance, and she’s down about $4,000.
“In my 10 years, it’s the first time this has ever happened,” Carlin told us. “It’s such a bad time for this to happen with my new [Stillwell Avenue] shop opening up. You start to get your feet on the ground and then, disaster.”
Luckily, one of the dastardly dunces left his own T-shirt in the shop, and cops were able to snag a DNA sample. Carlin is also spreading the word that her shop is the only one that sells her T-shirts so any being sold on the street could be in the hands of the perps.
Carlin did see a bright side to the crime — it means that maybe, just maybe, Coney Island is back!
“Crime is going up — shoplifting is getting bad here,” Carlin said. “But that’s because there’s more people on Coney Island due to the new amusements.”
Carlin now hopes that those droves of people will spend their money at her shop during her “Big Break-in Bonanza,” a buy-out-the-store party going on through Monday.
Lola Star boutique (Boardwalk between W. 12th Street and Stillwell Avenue in Coney Island). For info, visit www.lolastar.com.