The owners and the head sommelier of the Kronenschlösschen hotel and restaurant in Eltville have been cleared of charges of attempted fraud. After a spectacular wine theft in January 2021 from the cellar of the restaurant known for its exclusive wine collection, the police had investigated owner Hans-Burkhardt Ullrich, his daughter Johanna Bachstädt and sommelier Florian Richter. Now, the Wiesbaden public prosecutor's office has dropped the case. Ullrich announced in a statement that all suspicions had "dissolved into nothing". He accuses his insurance company of trying to evade the settlement of the claim. In addition, the insurance company had spread suspicions about the alleged insider knowledge of the burglars. In addition, the police had allowed themselves to become the insurance company's stooges because they "didn't have the slightest knowledge of the wine trade" and during the entire duration of the proceedings "didn't have a single conversation with me, let alone an interrogation." Ullrich, who immediately pointed out the similarity to other similar crimes, has meanwhile filed a civil suit at the Wiesbaden Regional Court. In addition, Ullrich will sue the insurance company for damages because of "damage to his personal rights and defamation".
(al / Source: FAZ.net; Photo: wikimedia)
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