In the morning around 5.15 a.m., several individuals arriving in a van broke the doors of the Saint-Jean-de-Trézy establishment, and stole hundreds of bottles before heading south by the motorway, towards of Lyon, reported the gendarmes.
Awakened by the fire alarm, the owner managed to catch up with the van to follow it at a good distance and warned the gendarmerie, allowing a patrol from Chagny (Saône-et-Loire) to chase the criminals.
During the chase, the latter tried several times to throw bottles at their pursuers, but without causing any injuries, none having struck the windshield of the gendarmes.
The vehicle was abandoned in Bron
The van hit a toll gate in Villefranche-sur-Saône, then its occupants, failing to overwhelm the gendarmes, ended up abandoning the vehicle near Bron before fleeing.
At least three suspects are wanted and the Chalon-sur-Saône prosecutor’s office has opened an investigation, entrusted to the Chalon-sur-Saône, Beaune and Bron Research Brigades.
Another burglary had already been committed the day before, Monday, also at dawn, in this same Relais Château, resulting in the disappearance of 200,000 euros of bottles but without the owner being awakened. We do not know for the moment if the authors are the same.