26 Mar, 2023 @ 16:30
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Three arrested in Spain after stealing €25,000 worth of wine in Madrid’s upscale Salamanca district

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THE NATIONAL POLICE this week arrested three men in Madrid on suspicion of stealing €25,000 worth of wine from shops in the city’s upscale Salamanca district. 

Investigations began back in June of last year, after a theft was reported. Police soon found that similar cases had been denounced by other establishments. 

Among the stolen bottles were Bordeaux wines from Chateaux Pétrus, one of which had a price tag of €6,700. 

According to Spanish daily El Español, the suspects would first visit the stores in question to ask questions about high-priced wines, before later returning to steal them. 

In some cases they would force open display cases and in others they would hide the bottles in their clothing. 

The arrests come after another high-profile case in Spain involving stolen wines. 

In early March, a former Mexican beauty queen and her partner were sentenced to four years in prison for stealing 45 bottles of wine worth an estimated €1.6 million from a hotel in the Spanish province of Caceres.

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Simon Hunter

Simon Hunter has been living in Madrid since the year 2000 and has worked as a journalist and translator practically since he arrived. For 16 years he was at the English Edition of Spanish daily EL PAÍS, editing the site from 2014 to 2022, and is currently one of the Spain reporters at The Times. He is also a voice actor, and can be heard telling passengers to "mind the gap" on Spain's AVLO high-speed trains.

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