Indianhead Cigars, the distributor for La Galera, Indianhead, Sans Pareil and La Instructora, is the latest victim of a cigar warehouse break-in, as late Saturday night and the company’s Miami warehouse was burglarized.

The company, which is owned by Jose “Jochy” Blanco of Tabacalera Palma, was still sorting out all that was taken as of Tuesday morning, but a spokesperson said that the thieves largely went after full cases of cigars as opposed to open stock on the shelves that is used to fill orders from retailers, taking “quite a bit of everything.” Notably missing in the early stages of assessing the damage were cases of La Galera’s Anemoi line as well as the remaining 18 boxes of Sans Pareil’s Lancero Collection. Significant quantities of La Galera’s five-count fresh packs were also taken, as were La Galera’s core line offerings and the recent released La Instructora Delicado, according to a e-mail sent by Blanco to retailers on Tuesday morning.

The warehouse stores inventory for the La Galera, Indianhead, Sans Pareil and La Instructora brands. While other brands are occasionally warehoused in the building, none were there at the time of the break-in.

It appears that the burglars entered the building through the roof and quickly disabled the security system, as only a small amount of surveillance video was able to be obtained. The company is working with the Miami-Dade Police Department on the investigation.

While the break-in is certainly a setback for the company, it is expecting to be able to get back to normal shipments of its core line products in the near future, as another container of cigars was already en route from the Dominican Republic. However, for the more limited production lines, there will be delays in getting that stock replenished and available to ship to retailers.

The company is asking for help from cigar retailers and consumers in helping to catch the thieves. Should anyone offer to sell La Galera, Indianhead, Sans Pareil or La Instructora cigars outside of the normal distribution channels, individuals are advised to contact the Miami-Dade Police Department or Indianhead Cigars’ warehouse.

Images courtesy of Indianhead Cigars.

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