The Seattle area has been enduring an unusual cold snap, with temperatures dropping below freezing, the Seattle Times reported.
Dan Miller, a spokesman for Sodo's Esquin Wine Merchants, said that could be disastrous for the wine.
"What the thieves may not know is that with these cold temperatures we're seeing in the region, if they haven't properly stored the wine they stole, it could quickly become worthless, particularly if the wine freezes, making their whole criminal operation all for naught," Miller said Friday.
Investigators say 200 cases of wine with a total value of almost $650,000 was taken from the warehouse Nov. 28. The thieves allegedly rented a storage locker, covered security cameras, disabled motion detectors before the heist and tried to cover their tracks with an explosive meant to set off a fire in the warehouse.
The explosive failed to detonate.
The thieves missed one camera, and at least one allegedly used his correct name and address when he applied for a storage locker, police said. Samuel Arby Harris, 34, of Seattle was arrested Monday.
Police were still looking for a second suspect and the wine.
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