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Booze bandit nabs truckload of Guinness

Date 3 Dec 2007

With the Christmas party season getting into gear it's boom time for Guinness - but one crafty criminal decided to help himself to some of their festive spirit. The sneaky thief drove a truck into the Guinness Brewery on Dublin's Victoria Quay on Wednesday and made off with a trailer full of booze.

Local police say the villain drove away with 180 kegs of Guinness, 180 kegs of Budweiser and 90 kegs of Carlsberg worth an estimated £45,000. The 450 kegs contain around 40,000 pints.

Grainne Mackin, spokeswoman for Guinness's owners Diageo Ireland, said: "We've never had such a breach of security prior to this and we're taking it extremely seriously. All CCTV footage on site is being viewed and the Gardai are also looking at CCTV footage along the quays. The haul has a significant value given the time of year. We have more trailers coming in and out this time of year as we are coming up to Christmas."

Ms Mackin then asked: "What could they possibly want with all that beer?"

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