Wine Crime: LA Thief Steals $600,000 of Uncommon Bottles


In a scene that would have been ripped from a Hollywood heist film, a discerning thief with a nostril for nice wine minimize a gap above the wine cellar of an unique Venice, California wine retailer, dropped down into the darkish room, and stole 800 bottles of wine valued at $600,000.

“It was like one thing out of ‘Ocean’s Eleven.’ We simply could not imagine it,” Nick Martinelle, the shop supervisor of Lincoln High-quality Wines, instructed CNN.

Now Los Angeles police are in search of the Burgundy burglar who they are saying labored with a minimum of one different confederate.

“We suspect there could also be an individual that’s getting the wine handed all the way down to them off the rooftop and presumably a getaway driver,” Los Angeles Police Division Det. Joel Twycross instructed the Los Angeles Instances. “It’s evident that this was deliberate for some time, and numerous effort was put into mapping out methods to evade getting caught.”

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Not a job for amateurs

Investigators imagine whoever dedicated this crime knew what they had been in search of and deliberate it out prematurely.

Grainy surveillance video captured a person wearing all black sporting a red-billed baseball cap stealing the booty. He seems to be taking directions from somebody on a cellphone. The theft took about 3 1/2 hours because the burglar methodically went by means of every bottle of wine to decide on solely the perfect classic.

In line with the Los Angeles Instances, the stolen objects included about 75 bottles that retailed for over $1,000. Some scorching ticket objects embody a bottle of Billecart-Salmon Brut Reserve Champagne in an uncommonly giant, 15-liter format generally known as a Nebuchadnezzar.

“That is a unprecedented listing,” wine guide Melissa Smith instructed the Instances. “A number of them are issues collectors would need of their possession.”

The shop’s proprietor agrees. Nazmul Haque Helal, who has owned Lincoln’s High-quality Wines for years, instructed the Instances that the robber handed over some California wines to focus on a couple of French rarities from the Bordeaux and Burgundy areas.

“It is extremely arduous for me to digest. All my arduous work snatched inside a pair hours,” Haque Helal instructed CNN.

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