Seattle police find 2,500 stolen bottles of wine

SEATTLE (AP) - Police have recovered more than 2,500 bottles of wine stolen from a South Seattle wine shop last month, and they're probing a possible connection to an earlier heist in San Francisco.

The wine was taken over Thanksgiving at Esquin Wine Merchants, a wine shop that also has 450 privately rented, climate-controlled storage lockers. Prosecutors say the culprits broke in, painted over security cameras, cut through sheetrock to access the lockers, and tried to burn the building down.

Investigators say the stolen wine, valued at $648,000, was found Tuesday at a storage facility less than a mile from the wine shop.

They say the investigation indicated the suspects last spring sold a large amount of wine to a San Francisco dealer for $100,000 _ soon after a break-in at a high-end San Francisco wine shop.

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