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Updated March 30, 2020 07:23:36 A bottle of wine has been stolen from a wine shop in Sydney’s inner-west, sparking a massive manhunt.

Key points:Police believe a bottle of red wine was stolen from Wine Bar in Sydney early last weekPolice believe the bottle was stolen by a man in his 40sThe bottle is thought to be worth around $10,000AUDA man has been arrested in connection with the theftPolice believe that the wine was taken from Wine bar in the city’s east on March 3 and is believed to be about $10 millionAUDThe bottle was left unattended on the counter of Wine Bar, located on the corner of Macquarie Street and Waddington Avenue, about 2:00am (AEDT)The bottle, valued at around $100,000, was left on the shelf of the shop.

A man in the shop was arrested by police and is due to appear in the Central Local Court later this week.

“I can confirm that we have an arrest made in relation to the theft of wine from Winebar,” a statement from the NSW Police Force said.

“The suspect has been located and we are assisting with his capture.”

“Police are conducting a search for the suspect and we ask anyone who may have seen the suspect to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.”

The wine was later returned to Wine Bar owner Chris Kavanagh and a message on his Facebook page said he would be “delighted to have the bottle back”.

Police say they have identified the person who stole the bottle as a white male between the ages of 35 and 45.

“Police believe they were attempting to steal a bottle in the vicinity of the Waddeston Street and Macquarius Street intersection, and were successful,” the statement said.

Police have released CCTV footage of a white car seen entering the shop shortly before the theft.

“This CCTV shows the white car entering the store at about 2.00am, as seen from the Woden Street intersection,” the police statement said, adding that a number of people had been seen in the area.

“We would like to reassure the public that this is an isolated incident, and there are no ongoing investigations at this time.”

Police are urging anyone who witnessed the theft to contact them.

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