Using tactics often seen in Hollywood heist movies, the gang put a ladder against the side of the building to turn CCTV cameras the other way.
French wines from Chateau Latour, which are worth up to £1,000 a bottle, and Chateau Mouton-Rothschild were among those taken from the warehouse in Basingstoke, Hampshire. The thieves opened bottles of Moet & Chandon inside the warehouse belonging to Berry Bros & Rudd to celebrate their success, it was said.
‘They knew which way the CCTV cameras were facing and either avoided them or climbed a ladder to move them,’ a source said. ‘And the hole in the wall was cut in the perfect place. It was only inches below the laser security beam. You could not have picked a better spot.’ One source told how the thieves located a hidden security camera inside the building and ‘adjusted’ it so that it would not capture images of the raid.
‘There are members of staff who have worked at the warehouse for years who didn’t know that camera existed,’ he said. ‘That’s impressive inside knowledge.
‘And there are thousands of bottles inside, but they knew where to look. The crates are stacked from Level A to Level F. They went straight to Level B where the best wines are.
‘What I find staggering is that they then had a party to celebrate.’
‘We continue to work with the police and our security advisers to prevent any incidents from happening again, and have further reinforced the already high levels of security and monitoring at our facilities.’