Masked men take just four minutes to steal whiskey worth around £150,000
Masked looters took just four minutes to fight their way into a Speyside distillery and make off with around £150,000 worth of whisky.
Burglars broke through a lock at the Glenfarclas Distillery visitor center in the early hours of Sunday, opened a cupboard and made off with bottles of the precious drink in what appears to be a targeted raid.
Callum Fraser, production manager at Ballindalloch Distillery, Moray, urged anyone with information about the raid or CCTV in the area to contact Police Scotland.
He said, “Somebody come in through the door, punching the lock.”
“They obviously went for it because they knew exactly which firm they were going to.
“They took our 1954 to 1975 family cask range – there’s a bottle from every year there – and a 60-year-old bottle, and then went back out the door.”
Footage from the site captured the white-masked gang coming through the side door around 2.45am, getting what they wanted, then leaving with the six-figure bottle haul around four minutes later.
Mr Fraser, 54, said: ‘The fact that someone has been in our place, it’s not a pleasant feeling.
“Someone broke in, they felt it was what they should do, and it’s horribly wrong. It makes the staff uncomfortable.”
He added that the workers at the family distillery are well known for being friendly and approachable, and said: “To be honest, it makes us all a bit uneasy and angry.”
Officers are now looking for two men in connection with the break-in.
Detective Sergeant Graeme Skene, of CID in Aberdeen, said: ‘We believe the men have been in the area and we are asking hoteliers, bed and breakfasts and Airbnb premises to contact us if they suspect someone of being suspicious.
“” Officials will seek to sell alcohol.
“If you are offered alcohol at a discount, you would be wise to suspect it was stolen. It is a criminal offense to purchase stolen goods.
“We urge anyone with information to call Police Scotland on 101, quoting 1328 on Sunday May 15.”