16,000 bottles of alcohol are stolen in Billericay

Southend Standard: Lilly Miller Lilly Miller

A 10 STRONG gang stole £35,000 of rare beer from a warehouse in a brazen midnight heist.

The highly organised criminals spent two hours removing about 16,000 bottles of Brew Dog beer, from the Ales By Mail warehouse, in Radford Way, Billericay.

The beers were part of a range that were exclusive to the company and were not due to be put on general sale until later this week.

The company has been based in Billericay since October 2012, but staff fear the theft may put them out of business and are appealing for anyone with information to contact them or the police.

Lilly Miller, management accountant for the company, said: “Whoever did this was extremely organised.

“What’s horrible is nobody really knew we were there.

We had not put up any new signs.

“This burglary could be huge for us.

“Brew Dog is a big customer and if this undermines its trust in us it could go somewhere else.

“This burglary is a real worry for us.”

Part of the raid, which happened between midnight and 2am on Monday, was captured on a nearby CCTV camera.

It is believed a lorry carrying between ten and 15 people pulled up beside the warehouse, which is opposite Jewson’s Builders’ merchants at about midnight.

Burglars then smashed a window, clambered in and stole a key from the office to let themselves into the warehouse where the beers are kept.

The crooks then spent two hours unloading eight pallets on to the waiting lorry before making their escape.

While in the building, they also took a number of personal items belonging to staff, including a pair of running leggings.

The brands of Brew Dog beers stolen included 4,500 bottles of Interstellar, 1,700 of Moshi Moshi, 4,500 of Hobo Top and 5,300 bottles of Brixton Porter.

Ms Miller added: “These beers were prototypes and we were the only business in the country to stock them.

“We had made a small number of bottles available to a certain customer, but apart from that these beers were not on general sale.

“Anyone offered these for sale are most likely being offered our stolen stock.

“We have worked so hard to build up this business. It’s a massive blow.

“We just want anyone with information to contact ourselves or the police.”

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6:20am Fri 3 Jan 14

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

Leaves a bitter taste,
Leaves a bitter taste, Nowthatsworthknowing
  • Score: 4

7:33am Fri 3 Jan 14

ColonelSpiffSpaff says...

I nearly spat my hobo top all over the screen when i read this! ...hang on, i mean a different drink, tea, yeah, i spat my tea
I nearly spat my hobo top all over the screen when i read this! ...hang on, i mean a different drink, tea, yeah, i spat my tea ColonelSpiffSpaff
  • Score: 3

9:30am Fri 3 Jan 14

supermadmax says...

“What’s horrible is nobody really knew we were there"

Exactly, so there must have some kind of inside contact.

Incidentally 35k (once off loaded to trade probably closer to 10k) split between 15 people and the inside contact makes it see hardly worth it.
“What’s horrible is nobody really knew we were there" Exactly, so there must have some kind of inside contact. Incidentally 35k (once off loaded to trade probably closer to 10k) split between 15 people and the inside contact makes it see hardly worth it. supermadmax
  • Score: -2

10:05am Fri 3 Jan 14

Rich;'Carol says...

Party my house, don't bring a bottle Ive got 16,000
Party my house, don't bring a bottle Ive got 16,000 Rich;'Carol
  • Score: 6

10:33am Fri 3 Jan 14

pembury53 says...

SMM is right, an insisde job...... straight to the keys and two hours without any fear of an alarm ? the old bill should be able to 'distill' down a list of suspects fairly quickly....
SMM is right, an insisde job...... straight to the keys and two hours without any fear of an alarm ? the old bill should be able to 'distill' down a list of suspects fairly quickly.... pembury53
  • Score: 3

11:47am Fri 3 Jan 14

Howard Cháse says...

Must've had some bottle to carry that out.....
Must've had some bottle to carry that out..... Howard Cháse
  • Score: -2

11:55am Fri 3 Jan 14

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

Insurance jobby ?
Insurance jobby ? Nowthatsworthknowing
  • Score: -3

12:51pm Fri 3 Jan 14

norglishman says...

The only people to know of it's existence was the warehouse staff & the 'certain customer' the latter of which may have introduced it to friends & told them where he got it from ?!?!?!? It has to be an inside job !!!
The only people to know of it's existence was the warehouse staff & the 'certain customer' the latter of which may have introduced it to friends & told them where he got it from ?!?!?!? It has to be an inside job !!! norglishman
  • Score: 9

2:44pm Fri 3 Jan 14

God of Shoplifting says...

LEGENDS!! Enough said! I mean I steal or the time. But much respect to these. I might try find out who they are and join them.
LEGENDS!! Enough said! I mean I steal or the time. But much respect to these. I might try find out who they are and join them. God of Shoplifting
  • Score: -4

4:29pm Fri 3 Jan 14

danger2013 says...

All that stock and no alarm set? why?
All that stock and no alarm set? why? danger2013
  • Score: 6

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