If you like good bourbon, you’ve likely heard about the recent major thefts of two of the most sought after brands in the country: Wild Turkey and Pappy Van Winkle.
Yesterday, a grand jury in Frankfort, Ky., indicted nine people in connection with a bourbon-theft ring that’s allegedly responsible for stealing nearly $100,000 worth of hooch. Leading up to the indictment, the county sheriff’s office received a tip-off about barrels in the backyard of Buffalo Trace Distillery employee Gilbert “Toby” Curtsinger and later recovered 25 bottles of Pappy Van Winkle and about 18 barrels from Wild Turkey.
Curtsinger has since been linked with eight others who are allegedly involved in the thefts, which may date all the way back to 2008, including his wife. Wild Turkey and Pappy Van Winkle almost certainly aren’t the end of it.
“This is just the tip of the iceberg,” Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton told Kentucky.com, noting the extensive collection of jugs, quart jars, unlabeled bottles and barrels that have been recovered. “As you can see, we’ve got a lot of bourbon up here.”
Read more about the indictment and the supposed bourbon crime syndicate at Kentucky.com.