Wine thieves behind €1.6million restaurant robbery in Spain are caught at Croatian border


TWO people who committed a brazen wine robbery at a restaurant in Cáceres, in Extremadura, in October last year have been arrested while attempting to enter Croatia from Montenegro.

The wine cellar of the two-Michelin-star restaurant at Hotel Atrio was ransacked with 45 bottles, including an 1806 bottle of Chateau d’Yquem worth over €300,000.

The value of the stolen wine has never been made public before, but the Policia Nacional has now put it at €1.6 million.

They said a man and woman were arrested at the Croatian border crossing at Karasovici Sutorina.

The arrests were made after cooperating with Interpol and Europol, as well as with the Croatian border police and Spanish attache offices in the Netherlands and Romania.

No other details about the duo have been released.

The 45 stolen bottles have not been recovered.

Interpol suspected in March that it was quite possible that the wine had been shipped somewhere outside of Europe.

The thieves made several visits to the Atrio hotel and restaurant before striking on October 27 last year.

The couple paid for their stay with an untraceable credit card.

A hotel receptionist was distracted by a false request when the thieves entered the wine cellar with special electronic devices to steal the premium bottles.



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