Corks Out hit by Champagne raiders

Award-winning wine shop chain Corks Out has lost Champagne and spirits worth an estimated £8,000 in a raid on its warehouse in Runcorn.

The bulk of the haul was a pallet containing 46 six-bottle cases of Laurent-Perrier Rosé with the lot code 23PZ109390.

Owner Ruth Yaes told OLN that odd cases of Laurent-Perrier, Bollinger and Pol Roger Champagnes had also been taken in the raid which happened in daylight hours at 3.30pm Sunday, December 22.

Cases of malt whisky including Jura and Auchentoshan brands were also taken.

Yates said: “It’s a bit annoying. It may be that we were watched for a while as they seemed to know exactly where they were going in the warehouse. We captured the whole thing on CCTV and it took four minutes from start to finish.”

Corks Out was Champagne Retailer of the Year in OLN’s Drinks Retailing Awards this year and has had success in the competition on several occasions in previous years.