London thieves make off with $1.6 million in wine

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Posted: May 25, 2011 3:42 PM
London thieves make off with $1.6 million in wine

Scotland Yard is searching for 1 million pounds ($1.6 million) worth of vintage wine stolen from an east London warehouse.

Police say thieves disabled alarms and security cameras before breaking into the warehouse on Sunday and using a forklift to load up about 400 cases of the precious cargo.

Some of the stolen wine belonged to private investors, one of whom has offered a 5,000 pound reward for the return of the stolen stock.

The Metropolitan Police appealed to the public for information, saying the stolen wine is rare and valuable and could be sold to private collectors or auction houses.

Six men were seen with what police said they believe are the three getaway vehicles. Police said two men have been arrested in connection with the burglary.