Mexican Beauty Queen Arrested for Stealing $1.7 Million in Wine
A 29-year-old former Mexican beauty pageant contestant was recently arrested in Croatia along with her male co-conspirator after allegedly stealing $1.7 million worth of wine from a Michelin-starred restaurant in Spain last year.
According sources, the suspects may have eluded police for the past nine months. Some sources identify the suspects as Priscila Lara Guevara and Constantin Gabriel Dumitru.
One of the 45 bottles the couple allegedly stole from the restaurant at the luxury Atrio hotel in Cáceres, Spain, was a rare bottle of Château d’Yquem from 1806 worth $316,000. According to the authorities, the bottle of wine has still not been found.
Toño Pérez, the restaurant’s chef, said the bottle of Château d’Yquem was “impossible to replace” and had been around for “215 years of Spanish history, wars, times of peace and construction of a united Europe”. ”
Authorities said the suspects visited the Atrio Hotel three times before carrying out the robbery. During one visit, the suspects were dining at the restaurant when they received an invitation to visit the wine cellar. The male suspect then returned to the wine cellar with a stolen key card. The Mexican beauty queen stayed inside the restaurant to distract the staff.
In the surveillance video, the suspects are led into the wine cellar by a restaurant employee for their visit. The video then cuts to the male suspect returning to the door, opening it with a key card and entering. In the following footage, the male suspect emerges from the wine cellar with what appear to be three large sports bags. He then exits the restaurant and encounters the suspect waiting outside.
Through a joint effort, Interpol, Europol and law enforcement agencies in Croatia, Romania and the Netherlands captured the suspects.
We now wonder if the suspects opened this bottle of Château d’Yquem and what they associated it with if so.