A man working at a warehouse in the 600 block of Hanna Drive in American Canyon was arrested Tuesday evening on suspicion of stealing more than $400,000 worth of wine stored at the warehouse, according to the American Canyon Police Department.
The theft is believed to have occurred sometime after Feb. 15 when the warehouse finished an inventory, police said. So far, three wineries have been identified as victims.
Police said the case came to light when a person approached a licensed wine broker to sell some of the stolen wine. The suspicious broker contacted the winery, which then contacted the warehouse where some of the wine had been stored.
Warehouse staff reported the theft after they were unable to locate the wine, police said.
Detectives began to investigate the matter Friday after the theft of about 350 cases of wine was reported to police. There were no signs of forced entry.
On Saturday, Napa County sheriff’s detectives and American Canyon police officers searched a barn in the 2300 block of Rockville Road in the Green Valley area in rural Solano County. About 55 cases of suspected stolen wine were recovered, Police Chief Tracey Stuart said. No arrests were made.
On Tuesday, detectives served a search warrant at Jose Luis Pina’s apartment in the 1500 block of Alamo Drive in Vacaville. Detectives found more suspected stolen bottles of wine and $73,150 in cash, police said. The cash allegedly came from black-market wine sales, Stuart said. Detectives seized the cash and wine as evidence.
Pina, 31, was arrested at 6 p.m. at the warehouse, Stuart said. He was booked into the Napa County jail on suspicion of grand theft, possession of stolen property and burglary, police said. The case remains under investigation.
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