Railway Cars

Move over Pappy Van Winkle, we have a new alcohol heist to solve and the police are asking the public for help. Though the stolen alcohol was nowhere near as rare, this was a much larger heist that happened over several days.

A dozen trains loaded with thousands of bottles of gin, bourbon, whiskey and Fireball (complete list below) were broken into and cases upon cases of branded alcohol were stolen. The West Midlands Police in Walsall, England say approximately £350k worth of alcohol was stolen from a freight yard.

West Midlands PoliceThey are asking if anyone knows someone returning home with an “unusual amount of alcohol” to please contact them.

Police reported that thieves broke into the freight yard on Marybrook Road, Brownhills sometime after 5.30pm on November 19, 2016 and left around 3.00am on November 21, 2016. Twelve curtain sided trailers were slashed and numerous cases of branded alcohol were stolen and loaded into three vehicles. Police are looking for a white Nissan Juke, a white transit style van with a metal ladder on the offside rear door and a white box-type van with blue curtains and a tail lift. The vehicles left the yard a number of times to offload stolen alcohol into waiting cars then returned to reload.

Stay Informed: Sign up here for the Distillery Trail free email newsletter and be the first to get all the latest news, trends, job listings and events in your inbox.

The West Midlands Police is Asking for Help

  1. Can anybody offer any information on who was involved in the theft?
  2. Do you know where the alcohol was taken initially and then afterwards
  3. Do you know where the alcohol was stored?
  4. Do you know who the alcohol has been sold to?
  5. Who owns the vehicles involved in the offence?
  6. Does anyone recall somebody they live with returning home after 3.00am on Sunday, November 21 either very wet (as it had been raining) or with an unusual amount of alcohol?

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Constable Karl Schild by emailing k.schild@west-midlands.pnn.police.uk. Alternatively information can be passed on to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 1111. Please quote crime number 20WS/229387Z/16.

Alcohol Protected by Curtains? Why Not a Hedge or Steel?

What I don’t understand is that this load of alcohol was only protected by curtains? It reminds me of this skit by comedian Tim Hawkins who asks us to “Pray a hedge of protection” around our friends and family. As Tim points out apparently the Devil is afraid of landscaping. Maybe next time those train cars will use steel instead of curtains?




Here’s a list of all of the stolen cases (each containing six bottles.)

[table width=”100%” colwidth=”50|250″ colalign=”center | left” class=”table-striped”]

Cases, Brand
570, Southern Comfort Liqueur Original
31, Southern Comfort Liqueur Lemonade & Lime
1, Campari Liqueur
112, Campari Art Liqueur
4, Grand Marnier Cordon Rouge
1404, Bulldog Gin
960, Martin Millers Gin
10, Langleys Gin No 8
120, Thundertoffee Vodka
60, Sky Vodka
56, Antica Sambuka Classic
20, Fireball Whiskey
20, Paddy Irish Whiskey
10, Wild Turkey Bourbon
2, Black Magic Rum
6, Appleton White Rum
20, Appleton Special Rum
32, Koku Kanu Rum
10, Sagatiba Pura Brazilian Spirit
1, Sagatiba Velhas Especiale Brazilian Spirit
12, Cinzano Bianco Vermouth
18, Aperol Italian Aperatif
[/table]

Related Stories
10th Indictment Handed Out in Pappy Van Winkle Related Bourbon Heist
Police Officer Resigns Over Pappy Van Winkle Heist and Steroids
Have Police Cracked the Stolen Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon Case?
Could the Stolen Pappy Van Winkle Case Be Solved? Major Announcement

Please help to support Distillery Trail. Sign up for our Newsletter, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Recommended Posts