Monday, August 23, 2010
Marchman Act Blog: Oddity of the Day - $3000 bottle liquor stolen from Weston store
Instead of paying the steep price tag for a stiff drink from a cask strength, limited edition bottle of Johnnie Walker Blue, a man grabbed the collector’s item, shoved it into his pants and moseyed out of a Weston liquor store undetected. The suspect was slick about his approach. After removing the bottle from the plexi-glass case where it was displayed, he grabbed another bottle and put that in its place. Store employees didn’t notice the item was missing until Monday, November 2, but the entire heist was caught on surveillance video.
The tape shows a heavy-set man walking into the store Friday, Oct. 30, at around 6 p.m. The suspect did a couple of trial runs, stealing a $70 bottle of Grey Goose by sticking it in his pants, then walking out of the store, putting the bottle in his car and returning to the store. He then followed the same procedure to steal a bottle of pinot noir from Master Wine Liquor, 4569 Weston Rd. Finally, once he got enough practice, he neared the secured case containing the 200th anniversary bottle of Johnnie Walker Blue Label, priced on sale at $3,500. A female accomplice distracted the store employee, and when the coast was clear, the man pried back the door of the plexi-glass case, creating enough of an opening to squeeze his hand in and take the bottle out. He stuck the bottle into his pants, grabbed a display bottle and put it in inside the case, grabbed the Baccarat crystal decanter that accompanied the limited edition bottle and moved away from the case, stuffing the decanter into his pocket. Moments later, he and the woman, left the store.
The 200th Anniversary Johnnie Walker Blue label is the most exclusive and most expensive Johnnie Walker product. There were only six distributed in the state of Florida.