Feds Arrest 2 Men Linked to Theft of $300,000 in Rare Wines From Thomas Keller’s French Laundry Restaurant

Two men suspected of stealing several high-end wines from the French Laundry in 2014 were arrested this week
Feds Arrest 2 Men Linked to Theft of $300,000 in Rare Wines From Thomas Keller’s French Laundry Restaurant

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The men are also suspected of stealing wines from another California restaurant as well as a wine merchant in San Francisco.

Federal investigators have indicted two men for their suspected involvement in a massive wine theft from The French Laundry, the three Michelin-starred restaurant from Thomas Keller.

On Christmas 2014, thieves broke into the restaurant and stole $300,000 worth of high-value wines from the wine cellar, 76 bottles in all. The collection contained some of the most expensive wines in the world, including Screaming Eagle and Domaine de la Romanée-Conti.

A month later, the majority of the stash was recovered in Greensboro, North Carolina, nearly 3,000 miles away. At the time, the identity of the thieves was unknown.

On Wednesday, April 27, authorities arrested 53-year-old Alfred Georgis and 44-year-old David Kiryakoz in connection to the crime, according to the Napa Valley Register. In a San Jose federal court on Thursday, each was charged with a single count of conspiracy to transport stolen goods and two counts of transportation of stolen goods.

Georgis and Kiryakoz are also charged with stealing wines from Alexander’s Steakhouse, a restaurant in Cupertino, and a a wine merchant in San Francisco.

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Kiryakozwas released on bail, but Georgis is currently awaiting a bail hearing on May 4.