Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Wine Into Water

Michael Storeim, former employee of Tom "Short Change" Noe, has been robbed. Storeim is the guy who had the $500,000 worth of wine. Apparently, the dumbass local police didn't seize the wine as originally reported, but just changed the lock on his wine cellar.

From the Toledo Blade:

On Monday night, Mr. Storeim and his wife told police they were returning from a two-day vacation when they first noticed that two of their cars — a Toyota Sequoia and Lexus G300 were missing.

Then, they noted items missing throughout their home, including weapons, 10 boxes of 12-gauge ammunition, four tubs of rock-climbing gear, several lithographs and paintings, stereos, and jewelry. Additionally, guitars — one autographed by B.B. King and another by Stevie Ray Vaughan — were reported stolen, police said.

Investigators said the evidence tape was torn from the door of the wine cellar, which had been pried open, and three humidors were missing. Several keys were also reported stolen from the home, including a key to Mr. Storeim’s business.

Sounds pretty suspicious. One other thing of note from this article

Investigators from the Jefferson County, Colo., Sheriff’s Office on June 3 took custody of 3,500 bottles of wine valued at $500,000, and seized hundreds of rare coins, 265 Cuban cigars, computers, and documents from Mr. Storeim’s home and office as part of a criminal investigation.

Cuban cigars, huh. That's banned contraband in the United States which is enforced by the Office of Foreign Assets Control. Penalties are as such:

Criminal penalties for violation of the Regulations range up to $1,000,000 in fines for corporations, $250,000 for individuals and up to 10 years in prison. Civil penalties of up to $65,000 per violation may be imposed by OFAC.

Pretty steep. You can report Mr Storeim by phone at (202) 622-2430 or by fax at (202) 622-1657
Time to really pile on this asshole.

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