A $20,000 bottle of wine stolen last week from a West Main Street liquor store is back where it belongs, police said.

A $20,000 bottle of wine stolen last week from a West Main Street liquor store is back where it belongs, police said.


Boston Police recovered the bottle of 1945 Mouton Rothschild, which was stolen from Hopkinton Wine & Spirits, 77 Main St., on Wednesday.


Store owner Clelland Johnson said he was just happy to get the $20,000 bottle back unopened.


"They called me at home Sunday and they told me they had it," he said. "I couldn't believe it. They showed me the bottle to confirm it was the same one, and it was."


Boston Police received a call Sunday from someone who recognized a suspect from a security video, which was shown on several newscasts, according to the Hopkinton Police. Police did not identify the caller.


The caller contacted the suspect in the video, got the wine and turned it in to the Boston Police Department, who then contacted police in Hopkinton.


Police did not say if they had any suspects, but Johnson said police told him they had the name of one of the suspects.


Police said they were following several leads.


The expensive bottle of vino was one of four bottles stolen out of the store at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday.


Police say three people two men and a woman - went into the store. It's believed the woman acted as a distraction by talking to the clerk, while the two men went to the back of the store to a cooler labeled "Rare Wines."


Along with the $20,000 bottle, several other vintages of Mouton Rothschild were also taken. A 1992 bottle, which cost $300, was stolen, as well as two 2000 vintages, worth $875 each.


The two men are described as about 20 to 25 years old, 5 feet 8 inches tall to 5 feet 10 inches tall, weighing 170 to 190 pounds. Both were wearing baggy clothing.


The woman is described as 23 to 28 years old, between 5 feet 6 inches tall and 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighing 120 to 140 pounds.


Despite its age, the $20,000 bottle is still drinkable, Johnson said last week.


"It's still drinking well," he said. "That's why it is so expensive. For some reason, this particular vintage, the grapes that were grown that year just happened to have a long life."


MetroWest Daily News Norman Miller can be reached at 508-626-3823 or nmiller@cnc.com.