By Oisin Sweeney • 07 January 2021 • 8:22
The gang stole 350,000 Euro worth of Burgundy wine from the cellar of a luxury hotel - Image Source: Twitter
A GANG of fine wine thieves resorted to hurling valuable Burgundy bottles at police cars during a high-speed motorway pursuit near Lyon.
The group of thieves stole €350,000 worth of Grand Crus Burgundy wine from a luxurious five-star chateau hotel near Beaune in the early hours of Tuesday morning (January 5th).
At around 5:15 AM the alarm of the Domaine de Rymska hotel was triggered when the thieves smashed open the door of its wine cellar before fleeing the scene with hundreds of expensive bottles.
The owner was awoken by the break-in and managed to pursue the thieves’ van along winding country roads before police officers took over the chase along the A6 motorway towards the city of Lyon.
As gendarme cars closed the distance between them and the gang, the thieves began hurling the valuable Burgundy bottles at the police in an attempt to escape the chase. None of the wines, aimed at the police’s windscreens, hit the cars and nobody was injured in the bizarre pursuit.
The gang managed to evade the officers and abandoned their vehicle after colliding with a toll barrier 35 kilometres north of Lyon. Police are still hunting for three suspected thieves, who were possibly responsible for robbing the wine cellar of same luxury hotel just 24 hours before this incident.
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Oisin is an Irish writer based in Seville, the sunny capital of Andalucia. After starting his working life as a bookseller, he moved into journalism and cut his teeth as a reporter at one of Ireland's biggest news websites. Since joining Euro Weekly News in November, he has enjoyed covering the latest stories from Seville, Spain and further afield - with special interests in crime, cybersecurity, and European politics. Anyone who can pronounce his name first try gets a free cerveza...
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