Spirits of the Tsars Golden Vodka Worth More Than $1 Million Taken in Heist

The theft from a northwest Miami-Dade warehouse was captured on surveillance video

By Myriam Masihy
|  Thursday, Jul 4, 2013  |  Updated 12:04 PM EDT
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Thieves with very expensive taste in liquor were caught on camera lifting $1.1 million worth of Spirits of the Tsars Golden Vodka. Company President Mark Owens spoke about the heist.

Thieves with very expensive taste in liquor were caught on camera lifting $1.1 million worth of Spirits of the Tsars Golden Vodka. Company President Mark Owens spoke about the heist.

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Thieves with very expensive taste in liquor were caught on camera lifting $1.1 million worth of Spirits of the Tsars Golden Vodka.

The heist happened the night of June 22 when a group of men showed up at a customs warehouse in northwest Miami-Dade in a new white Mercedes-Benz. Surveillance video shows that, during a period of about five hours, a car, van and box truck all pulled up to the warehouse.

When they left, 752 cases of the pricey vodka were gone. The liquor was valued at $1.1 million, according to the company.

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Spirits of the Tsars Golden Vodka President Mark Owens said the crooks "successfully broke a hole right where the vodka is stored and didn’t set off any alarms."

The owner of the vodka is surprised that out of all the other valuable things in storage waiting to clear customs, the brazen bandits went straight for his merchandise.

"They appeared to know where to put the hole, right in the middle of the aisle next to the vodka," Owens said.

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The pricey vodka, made in the Ukraine, comes in a bottle adorned with a 24-carat gold veneer logo and sells for anywhere between $250 and $300 at select liquor stores and $1,200 at nightclubs. Though it was insured, the merchandise is irreplaceable because only a limited quantity is made every year.

Authorities are now offering a $5,000 cash reward for information that will lead to the arrest of those responsible. Anyone with information is asked to call 786-629-2022.

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