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Police catch couple who stole over €1,500,000 worth of wine after enjoying a 14-course dinner in Spain

A former Mexican beauty and her partner enjoyed a 14-course dinner at the Atrio Michelin-starred restaurant and hotel in western Spain, followed by a guided tour of its cellars.

But when they left the hotel before dawn the next morning, they were carrying 45 bottles of some of the finest wine ever known to mankind, totaling approximately €1.6 million, reports Independent.

The law eventually caught up to them, though.

The woman was sentenced to four years in prison and her Romanian-Dutch accomplice to four-and-a-half years, a court in the city of Cares said on Monday after it found them guilty of aggravated robbery.

They were also ordered to pay insurers more than €750,000 in damages, the court said in a statement. It gave their names only as Tatiana and Estanislao.

According to the court, the 29-year-old Mexican checked into the hotel in October 2021 using a fake Swiss passport and carrying only a backpack. A hotel employee who picked up the bag noticed that it was very light.

The woman, who had participated in a beauty pageant in her country, was later joined by her 47-year-old boyfriend, according to El Pais newspaper, reports Independent.

They had a 14-course dinner at the hotel’s restaurant and were then taken on a tour of a winery.

Shortly after 2 am, she ordered a salad to her room, distracted the lone night staff member and allowed her colleague to swipe the electronic key from reception.

When he could not reach the cellar due to taking the wrong key, the woman tried another diversion by asking for sweets.

The man managed to retrieve Passpartout and entered the cellar, where he stuffed his bag with 45 bottles – including a unique 19th-century vintage worth 350,000 euros – and two bags with towels to prevent the glass from breaking.

The pair fled their hotel before dawn and fled to Spain, but after nine months of hunting across Europe, they were captured by border guards as they traveled through Montenegro to Croatia.

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