THE BORDEAUX BANDIT
New Jersey Prosecutors have dubbed Scott Deluca (25) the “Bordeaux Bandit” on account of being alleged to have stolen many high price bottles. Police officers have spent many months searching for a suspect that had repeatedly stolen expensive wines from local establishments.
He first came to the attention of law enforcement officials when Gary’s Wine & Marketplace in Bernardsville reported that they had had a theft of a 2009 Lafite Rothschild and a 2010 Mouton Rothschild.
Not long after at the Woodcliff Lake store, he used misdirection with the Manager and was able to stuff a bottle of 2001 Mouton down his trousers undetected. This had gone unnoticed at the time but upon replaying the CCTV footage, Manager James Koh had realised what had transpired and immediately called the police.
As you can see in the below video, he once again tried this same technique at the Gillette Ridge Wines & Liquors in Bloomfield, Conn. However this time wasn’t as easy. Manager Laurie Kablik had her antennas out the minute he worked in. She commented on how bad he smelt and found it strange that he was asking for Top Tier Wines. The second she realised a bottle was missing she began to wrestle with him at the door and eventually yanked it out of Mr Deluca’s hands.
You would think that would be all. But NO – in October Scott Deluca decided his luck once again and tried to use misdirection to convince the staff of the Octagon restaurant of the Mystic Marriott Hotel & Spa that he had a reservation for the evening and just wanted to pick out some wine for the meal. Surprisingly he was allowed into the rare wine room of the restaurant and walked undisturbed with a bottle of 1990 Petrus.
The police used a combination of things to catch Mr Deluca, from photos to social media to his licence plate which ultimately led to his arrest.
In the end however, he was sentenced to prison in Rhode Island for stealing Wii equipment. Deluca pleaded no contest to taking a Nintendo Wii, games, a controller and jewelry from a Cumberland apartment in 2011. A warrant was issued after he failed to appear in court in June 2014.
According to the Attorney General’s Office after Deluca,has served his 90 days for larceny, will face charges of being a fugitive from justice and extradition.
The question is, where has all that wine gone.
Did it get drank or sold? A mystery for now….