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The theft of wine from the Rheingau hotel-restaurant Kronenschlösschen in January 2021 has been solved. This was announced by the owner family Ullrich. The case made waves not only because of the €240,000 in damages, but also because an acquaintance of the Ullrich family suspected them and head sommelier Florian Richter of having faked the robbery. The public prosecutor's office in Wiesbaden even had the private homes of the Ullrichs and Richter searched. Although the allegations soon proved to be untenable, the investigation into suspected insurance fraud was only closed in September 2022.

Due to the targeted theft of 215 bottles of exclusive wines such as Domaine Romanée-Conti, Château Lafite, Château Haut-Brion, Petrus, Château d'Yquem, Masseto and champagne from Krug, Dom Pérignon and Roederer Cristal, the Ullrich family immediately suspected a commission. In fact, the perpetrators who were caught had already been convicted several times for similar burglaries. The police in Bochum were put on their trail after analysing the communication data of a suspect who wrote to an accomplice after the burglary to say that he had made at least 200,000 euros in loot. However, there is still no trace of this.

According to the Ullrich family, they only learnt of the results of the investigation in February of this year. Hans-Burkhardt Ullrich has filed a civil action for damages against Gothaer Versicherung for "damage to personal rights and defamation".

(al / Source: Rheingau Echo)

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