A gang of thieves suspected of great wines is found in the sights of justice. They appear until tomorrow in front of the criminal court of Bordeaux for the theft of wines in a warehouse to the tune of one million euros. Part of the goal had been passed in Asia. On the weekend of September 19 and 20, 2020, 8 suspected criminals broke into a warehouse of a major Bordeaux trading company, Les vins de Crus, in Bruges, to seize 268 cases of wine. . Not just any: Mouton-Rothschild, Petrus, Château Margaux … In total, 1,520 bottles with a total value of 1 million euros.
Obviously well informed, the team of cousins and brothers of two families known to the law, in their thirties or forties, had cut out the metal siding and foiled the alarm systems before slipping into the warehouse by crawling. The cases of grands crus had been taken out using a skateboard to avoid the presence sensors. “Château Margaux, Petrus … I am not into wine but I know it comes in cash”, explains Cédric D., at the helm, just released from police custody in a narcotics case.
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Thanks to an anonymous information, the investigators of the brigade of repression of the banditry of the judicial police had gone up to a cousin of this defendant, Vanessa B., 33 years old. Prosecuted for concealment, she is suspected of having played the intermediary with a Chinese settled in Gironde, Yan Z. to sell him 190,000 euros of stolen wines, then exported to Hong Kong. At home, investigators found a cash counter unrelated to her work as a town hall employee.
Several suspected thieves assured that Vanessa B. was fully aware of the origin “not” of the wines, which she eventually admitted. The Chinese merchant had accepted the beautiful bottles sold at “attractive prices” or 80% of the market price, beauty. The trader authorized his assistance to allow the repatriation of the 45 cases exported to Hong Kong.
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In total, plus the stolen half of the total value of the stock has been returned, according to the Bruges trader’s lawyer. But even repatriated, certain cases “undergo up to 20% of depreciation because of the” lack of traceability “of the bottles during their successive transfers.
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