About $9,000 worth of alcohol was stolen from a Freeport store Thursday and loaded onto a U-Haul truck, Freeport Village officials said.
The merchandise was taken from Crosstown Wine and Liquor on South Main Street about 10:30 a.m., village spokeswoman Sophia Johnson said.
Kevin Qiu, who bought the business eight months ago, said a man, who appeared to be in his mid-30s and wore red sneakers and a yellow jacket, picked out 60-70 expensive bottles. That included Louis XIII Cognac, about $3,000 per bottle; Johnny Walker Blue Label Scotch, at least $200 each; Grey Goose vodka; and Patron tequila, he said.
"He said he got married today," Qiu said, "and he had a party and 250 people were coming."
But it turned out to be a scam in which the credit transaction appeared to go through after the thief called the credit card company for approval on the big expense, Qiu said.
The businessman said he called his bank to confirm the money came through while his employee helped load 15 cases into a U-Haul truck.
When his bank gave him the bad news, Qiu said, he ran out to stop the truck: "I tried to block his way. He drove away and almost hit me."
The truck was found later in the village, but it was empty, Johnson said.
Police have the license plate, Qiu said, because the truck got a ticket for parking by a fire hydrant.
Nassau police are investigating. Anyone with information may call Crime Stoppers at 800-244-TIPS.