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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Wine Crime: Seattle Cops Probe Connection to San Francisco Booze Theft

Posted By on Wed, Dec 11, 2013 at 9:10 AM

This expensive bottle would easily cover bail
  • This expensive bottle would easily cover bail

Seattle police have nabbed two alleged wine snobs whose penchant for high-end alcohol could be traced back to a wine crime in San Francisco.

According to The Seattle Times police recently arrested 34-year-old Samuel Harris and 35-year-old Luke Thesing in Washington after they allegedly swiped some $648,000 worth of kick-ass wine on Thanksgiving Day.

And their spirit spree might include much more.

Officer Albie Esparza confirmed that Seattle detectives contacted San Francisco police after finding a shipping label in a storage locker that Harris rented at Esquin Wine Merchants in Kings County.

That curious label led the cops to a San Francisco wine consultant who claims he bought $100,000 worth of wine from Harris, the Times reports.

Police say all of this could somehow be part of a wine ring. Back in March, there was a mega wine theft at Fine Wines International in San Francisco. Sometime between March 26 and March 27, someone cut a hole in a rolling metal door at the wine warehouse and made off with a "significant number" of bottles, Esparza told the newspaper.

KTVU later reported that about 80 bottles of wine -- worth some $100,000 -- had been taken from the San Francisco warehouse.

As of today, none of the wine bottles have been recovered, however, both Thesing and Harris have been charged for the Seattle wine theft. Meanwhile, Dan Miller, a spokesman for Esquin Wine & Spirits, told the Seattle Times that the company is offering $20,000 for information that leads to the "safe recovery of the wine."

You could get a lot of Two Buck Chuck with $20,000.

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Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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