The Audience of Cáceres has sentenced Romanian Dumitru Constantin to four years in prison, 48 -year -old partner and his 29 -year -old Mexican exmsss, after they were accused of stealing 45 bottles of wine from the Atrio restaurant, located in the city Cacereña and that they visited up to three times.
However, the thing was not there since the judges forced the two defendants to pay compensation of 753,454 euros, that is, the same amount in which the expert Roberto Nebreda and the restaurant insurance company, Reale Seguros, tasted the bottles stolen. An established sanction after the judges considered proven that the authors committed a crime of “robbery with force open to the public of special gravity.”
The sentence, of 24 folios and whose content includes ‘El País’, said that Constantin and Guevara “planned the events on June 1 and 13, and on August 12”, with the previous stay of the woman at the Hotel Athrus Located next to the restaurant on October 26. The exmiss, according to the brief, arrived with a false Swiss passport and with an empty backpack and had dinner that same night with the Romanian male. In room 107 of the hotel, they tested a tasting menu of 14 dishes.
After dinner, the theft happened. Everything came with the hotel receptionist’s refusal to process a woman’s command, who asked for a salad to subjected her to her room. Finally, he agreed to indicate that it would take 20 minutes. At the time this employee went to the kitchen, Constantin took control of one of the hotel’s electronic cards to access the cellar, although the key did not serve to open the door.
With the aim of preventing them from being hunted by hotel and restaurant workers, Guevara entertained the receptionist with two more orders. During that period of time, Constantin took the key that did serve to open the winery. There, he proceeded to keep the 45 bottles in the backpack supported in towels, to prevent them from breaking. The sentence considers proven that the two defendants of the robbery left at 5:00 of the facilities.
Arrested in Croatia in July 2022
Only eight months after what happened, both were arrested in the Croatian border post of Karasovici Sutorina, from Montenegro, thanks to a research and coordination work of different European bodies and security forces, including the National Police in collaboration in collaboration With Europol and Interpol agents, as well as the Border Police of Croatia and the Interior Agreed of Spain in Romania and the Netherlands.
According to the authorities, the thieves “proved to be highly specialized and with experience when robbery with a millimeter planning”, and were identified thanks to international coordination, although their location was “difficult”, according to a statement from the National Police.
A sentence that can still be used
A sentence that arrives almost two years after the events that occurred at the end of October 2021. That night, almost half a hundred bottles of wine were stolen among which were, among others, a 38 of Romanée Conti and a unique jewel, A 1806 chateau d´yquem considered “historical”, appraised at 350,000 euros. A copy that was the jewel of the restaurant’s crown, which has two Michelin stars and three Repsol soles.
Despite the condemnation filed, it is not yet firm and the defendants, ultimately, may still present an appeal before the Civil and Criminal Chamber of the Superior Court of Justice of Extremadura. “From theft is all negative, it was very painful, it was something of José, who had done throughout his life,” said Toño Pérez, one of the owners of Athrium, days ago.