French gendarmes round up wine thieves

10th February, 2014 by Rupert Millar

Some 20 people have been arrested across France in a series of dawn raids by French gendarmes in a major crackdown on a gang of wine thieves.

les-gendarmes-sont-intervenus-simultanement-dans-plusieurs_1620886_800x400

Gendarmes on the raid this morning, photo credit: Stéphane Lartigue

The raids took place across several departments in the South West of France and in Paris, in an operation dubbed “Cassevin”.

According to Sud-Ouest, around 300 officers were involved in the early morning raids, the culmination of an investigation spanning many months.

The gang are thought to have been behind a series of spectacular break-ins at prestigious Bordeaux châteaux since June last year.

Although the names of the estates the gang in question are thought to have hit have not so far been revealed, Yquem suffered a major theft last year, as did Château Palmer although the bottles from there were recovered and the perpetrators arrested.

The cost of the thefts runs into millions of euros.

The thieves have been described as “well organised” and some of those arrested were apparently “known to police”.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Subscribe to our newsletters

Job vacancies

National Account Manager – On-Trade

Berkmann Wine Cellars
London, UK

Sales Manager – Midlands and South West

Pol Roger Portfolio
Midlands and South West

UK Brand Ambassador - That Boutique-y Gin Company

That Boutique-y Gin Company
Tunbridge Wells, Kent, UK

Senior National Account Manager – Grocery (Craft Spirits)

Maverick Drinks
Tunbridge Wells, Kent, UK

Senior National Account Manager – Wholesale RTM (Craft Spirits)

Maverick Drinks
Tunbridge Wells, Kent, UK

Digital Marketing Manager

Master of Malt
Tunbridge Wells, Kent, UK

Experienced On Trade Sales Person

Borough Wine Imports
London, GB

3 x Business Development Executive

The Lakes Distillery Company Limited
Newcastle head office and nationwide, UK

Editor

Master of Malt Ltd
Tunbridge Wells(Kent)

Sales Account Manager - On-Trade

Berkmann Wine Cellars
Liverpool

Brand Manager

Hallgarten Druitt
Luton, UK

Experienced On-Trade Salespeople Required

Portal Wines and Spirits
London, UK

The Global Merlot Masters 2017

Deadline : 17th April 2017

db Awards 2017

Deadline : 28th April 2017

The Global Organic Masters 2017

Deadline : 14th April 2017

The Global Sparkling Masters 2017

Deadline : 12th May 2017

Click to view more

Global Chardonnay Masters 2016

Now in its fourth year, the competition will identify the best Chardonnay from all around the world in every price range.

Rioja Masters 2016

Now in its fifth year, the competition will recognise and reward the finest Riojas on the world stage.

Fortified Masters 2016

Now in its third year, The Fortified Masters will reward the best fortified wines on offer.

The Global Malbec Masters 2016

the drinks business is proud to announce the inaugural Global Malbec Masters 2016.

Click to view more