Thieves steal thousands of dollars of alcohol from state liquor store, police say

Authorities say two men broke into the locked display case inside the store.

(Salt Lake City Police Department) Detectives are asking the public to help identify two men who police say broke into a liquor store in November and stole thousands of dollars worth of liquor and wine.

Police are seeking help from the community in identifying two men whom they say forced their way into a state liquor store, broke into a locked display case, and stole wine and liquor valued at thousands of dollars, according to a news release.

The investigation began on Nov. 4 at 4:16 a.m., when 911 dispatchers received word of a “suspicious circumstance” at the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Services Utah State Wine Store, located at 280 W. Harris Avenue, just off 300 West in Salt Lake City.

When officers arrived, they found that someone had forced open a door to the liquor store, and no one was inside, the release stated. After authorities began their investigation, they found that two unknown men had entered the store, tampered with a security camera, and then broke into the store’s display cabinet, the release stated. Police suspect the men stole wine and liquor worth about $15,000 to $20,000, although the exact value could change as the investigation progresses.

The two men, who wore masks and dark clothing, left the scene in a white Chrysler Pacifica, the release stated. The damage to the store is estimated at $10,000, although that number may change.

Police don’t know what the thieves did or will do with the liquor they stole, but detectives believe the men will attempt to sell it in person or online, the release stated.

It is illegal to sell alcohol in Utah unless the seller is licensed with the state, the release stated. To avoid purchasing stolen goods, detectives recommend that consumers purchase directly from authorized retailers, or demand proof of authentication from the seller. If the seller doesn’t provide proof of verification of the product, it may be stolen or counterfeit.

The Salt Lake City Police Department is investigating the burglary with the assistance of the Utah DABS.

Detectives are requesting that anyone with information about this case to call 801-799-3000 and reference case number 23-248992.

Here is a list of the liquor and wine that was stolen, according to the release:

  • Armand de Brignac “Ace of Spades”

  • Armand de Brignac Ace of Spades Brut Gold Champagne

  • Billecart-Salmon Brut Rose

  • Blair Athol 23-year whiskey

  • Château Lafite Rothschild (2016)

  • Château Latour (2005)

  • Château Latour (2010)

  • Château Margaux (2019)

  • Château Palmer (2016-2017)

  • Château Pichon Baron (2010-2015)

  • Convalmore 32-year scotch

  • Courvoisier L’Esprit cognac

  • Courvoisier XO cognac

  • Domaine Faiveley Echezeaux (2018)

  • Domaine Faiveley Mazis-Chambertin (2020)

  • Domaine Faiveley Mazis-ChambertinBatard-Montrachet (2020)

  • Domaine Faiveley Mazis-ChambertinBatard-Montrachet (2021)

  • Domaine Jacques Prieur Corton-Bressandes (2020)

  • Frapin Extra cognac, Hennessy X.O cognac

  • Glenfiddich 30-year-old scotch

  • Heitz Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon Martha’s Vineyard (2016-2017)

  • Komos Extra Añejo tequila

  • Krug Grande Cuvee 170th Edition

  • Louis Roederer Cristal (2014)

  • Louis Roederer Cristal (2015)

  • LOUIS XIII Cognac by Remy Martin

  • Massetino Toscana IGT (2020)

  • Number JUAN in a Million Extra Anejo Tequila

  • Spottswoode Estate Cabernet Sauvignon Family Estate (2020)

  • Tesseron Estate Pym-Rae Red (2017)

  • The Balvenie scotch (16-, 21-, and 30-year-old)

  • The Macallan “The Harmony Collection” scotch

  • The Macallan 25-year scotch

  • The Macallan double cask 18-year scotch

  • Vérité Le Desir (2019), Vérité Le Desir La Muse (2019)

  • Veuve Clicquot La Grande Dame Brut

Correction: Jan. 7, 4 p.m. • This story has been updated to correctly describe the crime that police say occurred. It was a burglary, police said.