There’s no subcategory of crime quite like booze crime. It can take many forms — selling counterfeit bottles
is, for obvious reasons, a popular one, as are Ponzi schemes
. Earlier this year brought the news that a storied wine shop in New York City was in hot water after it was revealed that the store owed customers
roughly a million dollars. (More recently, the FBI raided
the shop in question, Sherry-Lehmann Wine and Spirits.)
And then there’s the case of an as-yet-unnamed wine thief who broke into Venice, California’s Lincoln Fine Wines by drilling into the shop’s wine cellar from above — and made off with $600,000 worth of bottles.
The Los Angeles Times
has more details on the theft
, including the total time it took to accomplish things (three and a half hours) and how the thief avoided the alarms (entering the space from above). As the Times
reports, 75 of the bottles were valued at over $1,000 apiece.