SF Police Investigate Whether Seattle Wine Theft Linked To Local Heist

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SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – Police are investigating whether a major wine theft in Seattle over Thanksgiving is connected to a similar wine heist in San Francisco, police said Thursday.

The arrest of two men for allegedly taking 200 cases of high end wine, valued at $648,000, from the storage lockers of a Seattle wine merchant led investigators to believe the pair may be behind a recent wine theft at a San Francisco warehouse.

“We learned during the arrest of the first suspect that perhaps he had been in contact with a wine buyer, wine seller down in the San Francisco area,” Jamieson said.

Shortly after the San Francisco heist, the two men facing charges in Seattle sold a large quantity of wine to a dealer for $100,000 dollars, Jamieson said.

A spokesman for the San Francisco Police Department confirmed local investigators have been in contact with Seattle detectives to determine whether the two suspects can be connected to the wine that went missing from the warehouse here.

“Our detectives are communicating with each other to see if that suspect is connected in any way to the robbery, burglary of the wine here in San Francisco,” said Officer Albie Esparza.

All of the wine stolen in Seattle has been recovered, but the wine stolen n San Francisco is still missing.

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