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100,000 of Wine Society stock stolen

Published:  23 July, 2008

More than 1,300 cases of wine belonging to The Wine Society were stolen after a delivery driver was duped last week. 1,000 cases of the society's own-label 2004 Pinot Grigio and 360 cases of 2003 Chianti Leonardo, with a total retail value of 101,760, were stolen on 26 September.

The Wine Society's chief buyer, Sebastian Payne MW, told Harpers that at around 8am, the lorry driver was approached by a man coming out of the company's premises who then directed him away from the goods-in area, instructing him to offload the contents of the lorry into two nearby vans.

Payne added: We can understand why someone would be tempted to nick our Pinot Grigio, because it's delicious, but we think they should be made to pay. Such wine thefts seem to be on the increase, so we think it is in the legitimate trade's interests to get the thieves nicked.'

Anyone with information on the theft should call Mark Hater at Stevenage Police on 01707 354000. The crime reference number is E1/05/8199.