Manhunt on Tap After Massive Guinness Heist

Beer bandit stole 450 kegs from landmark Dublin brewery
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 29, 2007 5:26 PM CST
Manhunt on Tap After Massive Guinness Heist
A pint of Guinness sits on the bar at Molly Malones, in Chicago, Illinois.   (KRT Photos)

Taking the "My Goodness My Guinness" slogan quite literally, a thief stole 450 kegs from the landmark Dublin brewery today, the AP reports. Irish police say the thief entered by truck and took off with a trailer packed with kegs, the biggest theft in Guinness history. The kegs contained Guinness, Budweiser and Carlsberg beers totaling 39,600 pints, or $235,000 worth.

Pubs often purchase stolen alcohol to get around high taxes, customs agents said, but police feel such a large quantity would be difficult to sell unnoticed unless the thief is linked to a criminal pub network. Truckloads of alcohol have been stolen in the Irish countryside in the past, but today's incident in the capital is more brazen by far. (More Dublin stories.)

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