SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A California man has pleaded guilty to a charge stemming in part from the theft of more than 100 wine bottles worth more than $500,000 from a famed Napa Valley restaurant, officials said Tuesday.
Federal prosecutors said a judge accepted Davis Kiryakoz’s guilty plea to one count of conspiracy to transport stolen goods.READ MORE: Evacuation Warnings Issued for San Mateo County Areas Burned by CZU Lightning Complex Fire
As part of a plea agreement, prosecutors said Kiryakoz, 44, acknowledged conspiring to steal wine bottles from the world-renowned French Laundry restaurant in December 2014.
The theft occurred a day after Chef Thomas Keller’s famed restaurant closed for a six-month kitchen remodel.
The Yountville establishment is rated three stars in the Michelin guide and twice has been named the world’s best by Restaurant Magazine.READ MORE: Police Investigation of Shattered Vehicle Windows Temporarily Shuts Highway 17 Saturday
The stolen wine included Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, a single bottle of which can cost up to $10,000. At the time of the theft, an online wine list showed the bottles sell for $3,250 to $7,950 at the restaurant.
Bottles of Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon, one of the most highly sought-after American wines, also were stolen. The restaurant wine list shows one vintage sells for $6,000.
Kiryakoz and a co-conspirator arranged to ship the wine to a buyer in North Carolina, where some of it was later discovered.MORE NEWS: Russian River Rubber Dam Deflated Due to Impending Storm
Prosecutors say Kiryakoz also conspired to steal wine from a steakhouse and a wine dealer. He is scheduled to be sentenced in March.