Burglars swipe 1,800 gallons of alcohol from Los Angeles distillery

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"An alarm goes off, and approximately 90 percent of our inventory was taken out of here," said Art Gukasyan, of the vodka company. (KABC)

Surveillance footage captured three men just behind a razor wire fence. One of them -- his face completely uncovered -- climbs it, then quickly knocks the camera over.

He's then seen crawling on the rooftop of a Los Angeles distillery. The owners of Fog Shots say a few weeks later, their business was burglarized.

"An alarm goes off, and approximately 90 percent of our inventory was taken out of here," said Art Gukasyan, of the vodka company.

Empty shot glasses were strewn all over the floor as authorities dusted for fingerprints.

The thieves got into a storage room which was packed with merchandise and got away with more than 1,800 gallons of alcohol.

"We had alcohol stacked all the way to the ceiling," said Gukasyan.

Gukasyan believes the burglars got in through the front door by sawing through dead bolt locks when no one was there.

He said the only cameras are on the rooftop to prevent copper theft, and while insurance will cover the losses, Gukasyan estimates more than $278,000 worth was taken.

"It definitely takes us out of the holiday stores," said Gukasyan.

What they do have posted at the front entrance to stop graffiti are the words "please do the right thing," but whoever took the alcohol didn't heed the plea.

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