SLO wine thief nabs $1,400 bottle but gets caught

December 5, 2014
Matthew Paul Nocas

Matthew Paul Nocas

A former employee of a downtown San Luis Obispo restaurant allegedly stole about $3,200 worth of high-end wine from the bistro for which he used to work. [Tribune]

Matthew Paul Nocas is accused of breaking into the bistro at the Granada Hotel on Morro Street and stealing four bottles of pricey wine, including one worth $1,400. Nocas previously held the duty of ordering wine for the restaurant.

On Monday, San Luis Obispo police received a report of the theft, which allegedly occurred in the early morning about a week prior. Bicycle officer Caleb Kemp responded to the restaurant and reviewed surveillance footage, which showed Nocas forcing his way into the bistro from the adjacent hotel and making three trips to the wine cellar.

Kemp and other officers obtained a warrant and searched Nocas’s San Luis Obispo home. They found the four bottles unopened in a mini-refrigerator in the garage.

The $1,400 bottle was a 2008 Domanie Romanee-Conti, Romanee St. Vivant pinot noir. Police also found a 2008 Cote Rotie “La Mouline” French syrah worth $450, a Spanish 1980 Vina Tondonia Gran Reserva Tempranillo worth $310, and a 2008 Muga Rioja worth $118.

Officers arrested Nocas on Tuesday for commercial burglary and booked him in San Luis Obispo County Jail.


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BeenThereDoneThat

Well here is one verse from UB40 just for this knucklehead.


Red red wine you make me feel so fine

You keep me rocking all of the time

Red red wine you make me feel so grand

I feel a million dollars when your just in my hand

Red red wine you make me feel so sad

Any time I see you go it makes me feel bad

Red red wine you make me feel so fine

Monkey pack him rizla pon the sweet dep line

Red red wine you give me whole heap of zing

Whole heap of zing mek me do me own thing

Red red wine you really know how fi love

Your kind of loving like a blessing from above

Red red wine I love you right from the start

Right from the start with all of my heart

Red red wine in a 80’s style

Red red wine in a modern beat style, yeah


isoslo

I found the 2008 French syrah on line for $300


guest

so sad. i hope her gets help.


Rambunctious

He looks like someone that would work in a “bistro” that’s why I go to In and Out…lol


MaryMalone

QUOTING THE ARTICLE: “Bicycle officer Caleb Kemp responded to the restaurant and reviewed surveillance footage, which showed Nocas forcing his way into the bistro from the adjacent hotel and making three trips to the wine cellar.”


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OMG. As Bugs Bunny would say: “What a marooon, what an ignoramapus!”


achillesheal

Damn! It would have been a great Christmas for his family and friends but he forgot about those pesky security cameras.


BigRed

Rise of the Hipster Criminal. He would have run away from the cops but skinny jeans prevented such an escape.


Jorge Estrada

I once paid an old enough guy 2 dollars to buy two bottles of Ripple and told him to keep the change. He went out the back door and kept it all. Guess we all take turns at being stupid.


achillesheal

Were you underage at the time? Brings back memories…


Pelican1

Pure genius!