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Thieves steal vintage wines worth more than £500,000

Thieves steal vintage wines worth more than £500,000

Thieves steal vintage wines worth more than £500,000 after tunnelling into cellar of Michelin-starred Paris restaurant

  • Around 150 bottles have been taken from the Maison Rostang restaurant in Paris 
  • The raid, near the Arc de Triomphe, took place in early hours yesterday morning
  • Such thefts are common in France with the wines easily sold on the black market

By Peter Allen for the Daily Mail

Published: 21:07 EDT, 2 July 2019 | Updated: 02:18 EDT, 3 July 2019

It must be a case for Bergerac – thieves have made off with £540,000 of wine after tunnelling into the cellar of a Michelin-starred restaurant in Paris.

Around 150 bottles were taken, including Petrus, Romanee-Conti and vintage champagnes. 

The raid on Maison Rostang, a restaurant near the Arc de Triomphe which is popular with celebrities and politicians alike, took place in the early hours yesterday.

The raid on Maison Rostang, a restaurant near the Arc de Triomphe which is popular with celebrities and politicians alike, took place in the early hours yesterday

The thieves did not make a hole big enough to climb into the cellar. Instead, they reached through and plundered the best bottles, worth about £540,000. ‘

[The hole] may have been created by someone with key access to the cellar,’ said a source within the police investigation. Officers are examining CCTV footage.

Such thefts are common in France with wines easily sold on the black market. 

In August 2017 criminals stole £200,000 of wine from a Paris apartment after getting in through the city’s catacombs.

Around 150 bottles were taken, including Petrus, Romanee-Conti and vintage champagnes (stock image)

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