Pat's Cafe is a tiny bar that sits at Castor Avenue and Arrott Street in Northwood, a small, working-class section of the lower Northeast.
The bar's name sounds instantly familiar for an unfortunate reason: in May 2006, Officer Gary Skerski was murdered when he responded to a robbery at the neighborhood watering hole. An old wreath, a pair of decaying roses and a few small candles still mark the spot outside the bar where Skerski was shot.
About 4:25 a.m. yesterday, two on-duty Philadelphia police officers walked past the old memorial and entered the bar while it was closed, law enforcement sources said. They turned on the TV, opened a beer and made themselves at home for about 40 minutes, sources said. The two cops, who were in uniform, were joined by a third man, whose identity is currently unclear.
Then the unthinkable happened: one of the cops -- in full view of a surveillance camera -- reached into a safe, pulled out several wads of cash and shoved the money into his pants, said a source who viewed the footage. The cops and their companion left a short while later.