June 27, 2024 3 min read


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Limited Edition AU$62,000 Whisky Bottle Worth Stolen from Casino

A rare whisky bottle worth $62,000 has been stolen from a boutique liquor store in Southbank, Melbourne by a man who allegedly posed as a potential buyer then hid the bottle in his pants and left the premises

Fidels The Cellar, a liquor store and hairdresser salon in the Crown Casino complex located in Southbank, Melbourne, has apparently been the scene of an alleged robbery last May.

According to police reports, on May 22, a man who was pretending to be interested in buying something from the boutique liquor store allegedly left the premises with a very rare bottle of whiskey in his shorts

Namely, the suspect allegedly took off with a 48-year-old bottle of limited edition Johnnie Walker Masters of Flavour valued at a whopping AU$62,000 ($41,300). 

The incident occurred at 5.20pm, when the man, according to the same police report, entered the liquor store and hairdresser salon and started engaging in a conversation with one of the staff members. 

The staff member’s statement said the man seemed to be interested in a number of bottles.

As the woman turned her back for a brief moment, police say the suspect took the very expensive bottle of whiskey from the shelf, placed it in shorts, and quickly exited the store.

Only 288 Bottles Worldwide

According to Johnnie Walker’s parent company Diageo, the liquor is very rare, with just 288 bottles having been released worldwide. 

The CCTV footage taken from the liquor store has been released to the public. The images show a man that police think could be able to help them with the investigation.

The police have urged anyone who has information regarding the incident to get in touch with Crime Stoppers or submit a report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au.

Crown Melbourne Turning 30 

The complex, which is highly appreciated as the “ultimate destination for world-class experiences,” has announced it will be running an exclusive promotion for Crown Rewards Members between June 28 – September 5 as a means of celebrating its upcoming 30th anniversary

Members are given the chance to win AU$30,000 each week. To get an automatic entry into the draw, they must use their Crown Rewards cards and spend a minimum of AU$30 at any participating venue in one transaction or earn 100 points on any rated table game. 

The venue offers state-of-the-art dining options from elite chefs known worldwide, with gourmet delicacies ready to suit any taste. 

For visitors who are in a hurry, the location also offers a variety of fast food options. 

The complex is also home to a vast selection of venues suitable for all types of events, covering intimate gatherings and grand celebrations. 

With an infinity pool available at Metropol Precinct, patrons can spend a fun day out with the family or an exciting night out with friends. 

At the end of April, Crown Resorts announced its restructuring plans with 1,000 planned job cuts

After finishing her master's in publishing and writing, Melanie began her career as an online editor for a large gaming blog and has now transitioned over towards the iGaming industry. She helps to ensure that our news pieces are written to the highest standard possible under the guidance of senior management.

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