The Weirdest of Heists: 'Ancient Water' Stolen

Iceberg Vodka discovered one of its tanks was empty on Monday
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 15, 2019 7:49 AM CST
In a Small Canadian Town, Millennia-Old Water Is Stolen
I see ... vodka?   (Getty Images)

"Whoever did it, they knew what they were doing." So says the CEO of a Canadian vodka company who claims to have a bizarre theft on his hands. David Meyers alleges nearly 8,000 gallons of what the CBC calls "ancient water" was stolen over the weekend. Meyers says one of 10 "secure" tanks holding iceberg water at a warehouse in Port Union, Newfoundland, was found emptied on Monday. Employees oversee the tanks on weekdays only, and there was no evidence in the building to suggest a spill or leak. Whoever facilitated the heist would have had to plot carefully: A tanker truck would have been required, both the outside gate and building are padlocked, and a tool is required to open the taps, reports the Telegram. Police say in a news release that the stolen water is valued at as much as $9,000.

The water, which could have made 150,000 bottles of vodka and was insured, can't be immediately replaced. Harvesting iceberg water is something that happens once a year, around June, when the 15,000-year-old icebergs come close to the province's coast. Meyers says he's not too concerned, as they have enough water on hand to get them to harvest time, and they only need to be able to access two icebergs to replenish their stocks for the year, though he tells the Canadian Press that accessing the water is a "dangerous and costly endeavor." The CBC asks whether the thief may have mistaken the water for vodka. "I'd be surprised, but who knows," says Meyers. (Read about another weird heist.)

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