A 25-year-old man is accused of stealing bottles of wine that cost thousands of dollars in three different states including Connecticut.
The pastry chef Scott DeLuca, who allegedly stole high end wines from locations in Connecticut including from Ansonia, was behind bars on Monday. DeLuca was caught on surveillance video stealing a $4,500 bottle of Chateau Petrus from the Mystic Marriott.
“One of the top producers in all of Bordeaux, very limited stuff,” Valley Discount Wine and Liquor Manager Girish Patel said. “Obviously, very pricey, but in demand without question, in high end circles.”
Patel said he knows all about the wine and the suspect because weeks before he's accused of hitting the Marriott, they said he hit Valley Discount Wine and Liquor, this family store in Ansonia. Patel said DeLuca allegedly took another bottle of Petrus, which goes for $2,500.
“This guy clearly found a wrinkle or crease in his ability to be able to get something out to the black market,” Patel said.
Court documents show DeLuca is accused of stuffing the bottle in his jacket and pants. After Groton police released a photo of DeLuca, the Patels were able to identify him by the same moles as well as that specific request for Petrus.
“I'm sure he had a way to offload it whether it be through various wine auction websites where he'd pose as a collector who has more of this than he does,” Patel said.
“If you steal, you're gonna get caught someday,” Valley Discount Wine and Liquor Manager Chinmay Amin said.
But, that day wouldn't come before police said Gillette Ridge Wines in Bloomfield, a store in Greenwich and spots in New York and New Jersey fell victim.
The Patels said they are glad they were potentially able to help piece together the Petrus puzzle.
“We have a great surveillance system and you're seeing the results of it,” Amin
In court on Monday, DeLuca was held on $15,000 bond. Once he gets out, the Greenwich Police Department will be waiting and ready to press similar charges.
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