For burglars, wine is literally liquid loot. And, apparently, tunneling is the preferred M.O. for bottle yeggs. (Remember this?) In England, Nottinghamshire Police announced the arrest of two suspects accused of burrowing into a wine cellar and making off with £50,000 ($60,000) in coveted cuvées.
According to local authorities, the two men dug through the basements of several buildings to before reaching the cellars of Vintage Wines Ltd in Nottingham. Making three trips over two nights, the intruders absconded with a stash of rare wine, whisky and port.
The Times UK noted that many of the stolen bottles belong to celebrities such as British television. Fortunately, the paper also stressed that the late, great Whitney Houston’s collection was unharmed.
In the following weeks, an investigation led by Detective Constable Sean Davison collared two men for the crime. Luke Mitchell, 34-years-old, of Percy Street, Eastwood, was charged with one count of burglary. Nicholas Lowe, 39-year-old, of Alfreton Road in Radford, Nottingham, was charged with three counts of burglary and one count of criminal damage. Both men were remanded into police custody.
Davison noted that the case was a priority given the bleak, Pandemic Era. “It’s really important to us that we’re protecting businesses during this really difficult time for them,” he said.