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Brazen booze bandits raise the bar with Florida alcohol heist of $1.6 million in liquid assets

  Brazen booze bandits took a shot at a top-shelf heist of more than $1.6 million in alcohol. The   Florida thieves   were able to pull off ...

 Brazen booze bandits took a shot at a top-shelf heist of more than $1.6 million in alcohol. The Florida thieves were able to pull off a huge heist of the liquid gold in Florida.

According to a newly unsealed search warrant obtained by CNN on Oct. 5, the alcohol heist happened in the wee hours of July 8 at the Republic National Distributing Company in Gibsonton, Florida. 

Between the hours of 4:10 a.m. and 9:45 a.m., robbers straight up executed the theft of 4,277 cases of liquor worth over $1.6 million from the distribution center just south of Tampa, Florida.

The thieves handled the robbery by first disabling the surveillance cameras at the alcohol distributor, according to the warrant. However, the robbers could be on the rocks because police have surveillance video from a nearby business and a convenience store of the boozy burglary.

Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office deputies said they were able to identify the tractor-trailers used in the burglary by the nearby surveillance footage. 

Despite the stiff odds, the thieves reportedly utilized three tractor-trailers to remove the cases of alcohol.

Authorities have reportedly issued a search warrant for an Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max – which police believe the device has proof of the alcohol heist and "contains specific information, technical data, and evidence." 

“While we are unable to comment at this time because this is an active law enforcement investigation, we have confidence that law enforcement is handling this matter seriously and taking all necessary steps to find the perpetrators of this crime," said Kanchan Kinkade – vice president of corporate communications for RNDC.

The Republic National Distributing Company stocks alcohol brands like Jose Cuervo, Malibu, Franzia Wines, and Sutter Home Winery.

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