Date
20 August 2017
A police officer inspects the wine storage area in the burglarized office. Some vintages of Lafite Rothschild (inset) are worth more than HK$10,000 a bottle. Photos: Apple Daily, Pinterest
A police officer inspects the wine storage area in the burglarized office. Some vintages of Lafite Rothschild (inset) are worth more than HK$10,000 a bottle. Photos: Apple Daily, Pinterest

Burglars take cash but miss vintage wine

The burglars who made away with thousands of HK dollars in cash Thursday were clearly no wine connoisseurs.

Hong Kong police are now looking for the thieves, who broke into three shops early Thursday, Apple Daily reported Friday.

Laura Budlong, owner of wine distributor International Connoisseurs Ltd., which has been in business for more than 20 years, told police she discovered at about 10 a.m. Thursday that the firm’s office in Hollywood Road in Sheung Wan had been burglarized.

While the thieves took about HK$4,000 (US$516) in cash and two checkbooks, she said none of the roughly 400 bottles of premium French wine stashed in the office was missing.

Some of the wine was produced by the legendary vineyard Château Lafite Rothschild. Each bottle is worth at least HK$10,000 at market prices.

A French restaurant and a design company, both located in Sheung Wan, were also burglarized Thursday. About HK$150 in cash was taken from the restaurant but only a bank passbook from the design firm.

Police, who suspect the same group of burglars was behind all three break-ins, are checking images taken by security cameras, the report said.

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