Reward Increased in Atlanta Bartender’s Murder

Atlanta police announced Monday that the reward for information about the November murder of an Atlanta restaurant manager has been increased.

Police Sgt. John Chaffee said the new reward in the Chelsea Beller murder case was $33,000, up from the previous $20,000 reward. The reward money was furnished mostly through private donations and is being administered by Crime Stoppers Greater Atlanta.

Beller, 29, was the manager of the Barcelona Wine Bar and closing up with other employees at approximately 1:45 a.m. on Nov. 19 when three black males entered the bar to rob it (Surveillance Video). The employees were tied up with electrical tape and Beller was forced at gunpoint to open the safe. After she opened the safe, she was shot in the shoulder. Beller was rushed to Grady Memorial Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Officer D.T. Hannah announced last week that investigators had several leads and had collected pieces of clothing and blood which may belong to one of the suspects. One of the suspects may have cut his hand on a razor wire fence leaving the scene, Hannah said. The evidence is being tested by the GBI, but in the meantime police hope a tip from the public will lead them to their suspects.

Police are asking that anyone with information about Beller’s murder contact Crime Stoppers Greater Atlanta.¬†Information can be submitted anonymously to the Crime Stoppers Atlanta tip line at 404-577-TIPS (8477) or online at www.crimestoppersatlanta.org.

Tipsters do not have to give their name or any identifying information to be eligible for the reward of up to $2,000 for the arrest and indictment of the suspects.