PARIS — A pack of wine-loving thieves made off with over $300,000 worth of vintage wine after drilling into the cellar of home in a posh Paris neighborhood from the ancient catacombs beneath the city, authorities said.
The bold heist took place sometime between Monday and Tuesday in Paris’ chic 6th arrondissement near the Luxembourg Gardens, home of the French Senate.
After boring through the limestone tunnel walls beneath home, the thieves took off with about 300 bottles of highly sought after grand cru.
Police said they believe the thieves were targeting the specific wine cellar and knew exactly where to drill.
“We believe they must have made visits before; the suspects didn’t drill that particular wall by accident,” a police spokesman told French media.
The catacombs beneath Paris date back centuries and are off limits to the public at night, although people have long snuck in to explore, have parties and hold secret meetings.
Earlier this summer, two teens got lost within the miles of tunnels for several days, requiring police to send down a rescue party.