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Thieves break into Aberlour Distillery and make off with whisky bottles worth thousands

Aberlour Distillery


Pictures by JASON HEDGES
Aberlour Distillery Pictures by JASON HEDGES

An investigation has been launched after thieves broke into Aberlour Distillery’s visitor shop before making off with thousands of pounds worth of bottles.

Officers have said that the incident happened between December 22 and January 5.

Those involved are understood to have stolen a number of whisky bottles from the distillery’s visitor shop.

Each of the bottles stolen in the high-value theft are all from a batch that has yet to be sold, with police claiming this will make them easier to identify.

Officers hope to speak to anyone involved in the local whisky market or anyone with additional information.

‘High-value’ theft

A spokesman for Chivas Brothers, the firm that owns Aberlour Distillery said: “We can confirm that an incident took place at Aberlour Distillery over the winter break, involving theft of property.

“We are currently working with the police to assist with their investigation.”

Detective Constable Adam Stockwell of Elgin CID added: “Inquiries into the incident are ongoing and I urge anyone who has information or who reside close to the distillery and heard or saw anything suspicious between these dates to contact police immediately.

“This is a high-value theft, and we would be keen to speak to anyone involved in the local whisky selling market, as these bottles are quite unique in that no other bottles of their batch have been sold, meaning they would be easily identifiable.”

Witness appeal – Theft by housebreaking at Aberlour Distillery. Between Wednesday 22 December 2021 and Wednesday 5…

Posted by North East Police Division on Thursday, 27 January 2022

He added: “Anyone with any information can contact Police on 101 or using the “Contact Us” form on the police website.”

Anonymous reports can also be made to the independent charity Crimestoppers 0800 555 111.

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