Three men jailed for stealing 123 cases of whiskyBy Annie Hayes
Three warehouse workers who stole 123 cases of whisky worth more than £10,000 from their employers have been jailed for five months.
The men, who worked for B&M Retail in Liverpool, stole the whisky while on night duty at the premises, located in Speke.
Sixteen pallets were delivered to the warehouse in October 2013, containing 2,100 cases of whisky with six bottles per case.
The next day it was noticed one of the warehouse aisles already needed replenishing, requiring 184 cases, and another 73 cases just four days later.
Checks confirmed a total of 73 cases were unaccounted for.
After this, a further 50 cases went missing, raising the retail value of the stolen cases to £10,324.
Stephen Mutch, 48; Jonathan Clair, 26, Liam Curry, 25, all pleaded guilty to conspiracy to steal.
Judge David Aubrey, QC, said: “It is quite apparent that this agreement to steal from your employers required some sophistication. It was clearly well co-ordinated and to some extent must have been planned.”
It is not yet known what happened to all the stolen whisky.
In April this year, nine people were charged with forming a criminal ring to pilfer more than US$100,000 worth of Bourbon from the Buffalo Trace and Wild Turkey distilleries in Kentucky.