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Police: $648K Of Wine Stolen From Seattle Shop

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SEATTLE (AP) — Police say they’ve arrested one of two suspects who stole about $648,000 worth of wine from a Seattle wine shop and then tried to torch the building to cover their tracks.

The pair broke into Esquin Wine Merchants early Nov. 29 and began painting over the security cameras. Police say the “odious oenophiles” spent the next 13 hours carting off 200 cases of wine from the shop and its 450 privately rented, climate-controlled storage lockers.

When they were done, police say, they cut two gas lines and tried unsuccessfully to set them alight. A building manager later called 911 after smelling the fumes.

Investigators say the suspects missed one security camera, and wine shop staff recognized them as having previously rented a storage locker.

Police arrested one of the men Monday night. They’re still looking for the second suspect — and the wine.

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