The man and lady evaded seize for nearly 9 months earlier than being arrested on the Montenegro-Croatia border on Tuesday for stealing 45 bottles of wine from the Atrio restaurant in Cáceres, western Spain, in accordance with a press release from Spain’s nationwide police.
The complete worth of the stolen wine was €1,648,500 (round $1.68 million) and one particular person bottle was valued at €310,000, mentioned police.
The heist passed off on October 27, 2021 and was deliberate in “minute detail,” with the thieves visiting the restaurant thrice to organize the raid, mentioned officers.
The suspects “showed a high level of professionalism, specialization and perfect planning,” added the police assertion.
Investigators discovered that the girl booked into the Atrio resort utilizing a pretend Swiss doc, and had dinner within the restaurant along with her male confederate.
Both suspects have been then given a tour of the wine cellar by employees, which is a standard incidence, in accordance with police.
They then went as much as their resort room collectively, however the man left just a few moments later and returned to the cellar.
He bought in utilizing a stolen grasp key, and left a couple of minutes later with three giant rucksacks full of stolen wine, filled with resort towels to cushion the bottles.
While he was stealing the wine, the girl distracted employees by asking for some meals to be ready, police mentioned, even though the kitchen was already closed.
Staff seen the lacking bottles the subsequent morning, however the suspects had left the premises at round 5 a.m.
The thieves left Spain just a few days after the heist and moved round varied European international locations, making it tough for brokers to pinpoint their precise location, mentioned police.
But authorities lastly caught up with them coming into Croatia from Montenegro at the Karasovi Sutorina border crossing.
Spanish police hailed the “perfect coordination” between nationwide and worldwide investigators from authorities together with Interpol.
At the time of his arrest the male suspect had two extra warrants excellent from a court docket in Madrid, mentioned police.
The most beneficial bottle was an 1806 Château D’Yquem, José Polo, co-owner and sommelier of the restaurant, instructed Decanter magazine in November 2021.
Polo mentioned he would purchase again the stolen bottles from the thieves, particularly the 1806 Château D’Yquem.
“More than the bottles of wine, they robbed our dreams,” he instructed Decanter.