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Burglars Swipe $50K Worth of Booze From Specialty Store

Two burglars who stole two bottles of cognac worth more than $50,000 from a Monterey Park business were being sought Wednesday.

The theft occurred about 3:45 a.m. Monday when two men entered Wing Hop Fung, a specialty Chinese grocery store, at 725 Garvey Ave. after carving a hole in the roof, according to Monterey Park police.

Once inside, they stole two high-priced bottles of alcohol, police said. One was a Louis XIII Rare Cask 426 Cognac Second Edition valued at $28,000 and the other a Louis XIII Black Pearl Cognac Anniversary Edition valued at $25,000, according to police.

"Obviously they knew what they wanted," Sgt. Frank Duke said. "They knew that store carried that specific cognac."

On their way out, the burglars grabbed a ladder and likely escaped by climbing back out of the hole in the roof. Descriptions of the men, though caught on surveillance video, were not immediately made available by police.

Anyone who recognizes them was urged to call the Monterey Police Department Investigations Bureau at (626) 307-1236 or the on-duty watch commander at (626) 307-1200.

Anonymous tips can be submitted through Crime Stoppers by calling (800) 222-TIPS.

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