News surrounding the unsolved October 2013 heist of Pappy Van Winkle bourbon continues to trickle out. WLEX – TV in Lexington, Kentucky is now reporting that the bourbon heist may be much larger than originally reported and that multiple indictments are pending. A news conference originally schedule for April 14 has been moved to next Tuesday, April 21.
Franklin County Kentucky Sheriff Pat Melton says, “We just had a major development today that has opened up a couple more doors for us, and we’re going to follow up on that.” He said the state attorney general’s office has played an important role in the investigation. Attorney General Jack Conway said his office’s cyber crimes unit helped in “making a major break in this case.” Facts now point to some kind of organized theft ring between Buffalo Trace Distillery and Wild Turkey Distillery employees.
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It’s been reported that 65 cases of the sought after Pappy Van Winkle bourbon and Pappy Van Winkle Rye were stolen from Buffalo Trace Distillery. We’ll see if that bottle count grows. The street value for this hard to find bourbon is in the neighborhood of $26,000. To date, no one has been charged with the Pappy theft and no one has collected the $10,000 reward that has been offered.
Last month, police arrested Gilbert Thomas Curtsinger who works at Buffalo Trace Distillery for the theft of five barrels of bourbon from Wild Turkey Distillery. With an average weight of 500 pounds per barrel it’s highly likely he had help. Police also found 25 guns and a large amount of anabolic steroids in his home.
Gilbert Thomas Curtsinger in the courtroom.
Anabolic steroids found in Curtsinger’s home.
25 guns found in Curtsinger’s home.
Perhaps as the news about Curtsinger’s arrest has grown, the number of people coming forward to collect on the reward may have grown and helped police to solve this case.
Watch my words, this is going to turn out just like the song Johnny Cash made famous in the 70’s where items were stolen “One Piece at a Time.” You can catch up on that video here.
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