Wednesday 2 November 2022 05:19 PM Thieves steal 'one of the best wine collections in Spain' from two-star ... trends now
Spanish police are hunting thieves who stole 132 bottles of wine worth £172,000 from a two-star Michelin restaurant in Madrid.
The masked intruders broke into the upmarket Coque restaurant in the early hours of Sunday morning via a chemist's next door, which closed last month.
Detectives believe the collection, said to be 'one of the best in Spain', was stolen by criminals who could have posed as customers in recent days.
Spanish police are hunting thieves who stole 132 bottles of wine worth £172,000 from Coque, a two-star Michelin restaurant in Madrid. Pictured: Coque's wine collection
Rafael Sandoval, the restaurant's sommelier and one of the trio of brothers who own the famed eatery, said the thieves had tried to make a hole in the wall of the chemist's, before accessing an internal patio they share with the next-door business and breaking a glass door to get into the wine cellar.
Some of the bottles of wine that were stolen have been described as 'unique.'
Mr Sandoval told Spanish media: 'This was a high-precision theft. The security measures we have in place meant they had to act quickly.
'We have images of three people with their faces covered talking with Eastern European accents but I don't have suspicions about who they could be,' he said.
'I don't know whether the insurance will cover this but it won't cover the sentimental aspect of things. We have bottles here that belonged to my grandfather and we have inherited from generation to generation.
'We're talking about one of the best wine collections in Spain.'
The Coque restaurant was awarded its second Michelin