World of Pinot Noir
A schoolteacher from Las Vegas has been hit with a felony charge over the theft of more than 20 cases of rare and expensive pinot noir from the World of Pinot Noir event in Goleta, California, on March 4.
The thief, Heather Avner Ogle, has been charged with grand theft after security footage proved that she was directly responsible for the disappearance of more than $10,000 worth of wine, including bottles individually worth four figures, according to the Santa Barbara Independent.
Event organizers saw Ogle bring two luggage racks in order to transport the stolen goods, which she covered with linens. Ogle was then spotted entering an elevator and then leaving the event with two accomplices who were waiting in a Toyota Tacoma.
Ogle is also suspected of stealing wine from a separate winery event on a different date, according to the Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s office. Ogle, who is scheduled to be arraigned on July 6, faces up to three years in county jail.