Indictments Announced in Pappy Van Winkle Heist

Yesterday, a Franklin County, Kentucky grand jury indicted nine suspects in the widely reported Buffalo Trace and Wild Turkey bourbon heist.  In perhaps the most bizarre looking press conference I've ever seen, Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton and Commonwealth Attorney Zach Becker announced the indictments before a hodge-podge display of oak barrels, a steel drum, and dozens of bottles of the world's most premium bourbons (e.g. Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve, Eagle Rare 17 Year, Russell's Reserve).

The alleged ringleader is Gilbert "Toby" Curtsinger, a former Buffalo Trace employee whose wife will also face charges of participating in the organized criminal activity.  The value of the stolen whiskey was estimated to be over $100,000.

The affected companies posted a statement on their websites and at their distilleries: "Buffalo Trace and Wild Turkey have been working in full cooperation with  the Franklin County and Anderson County Sheriffs' offices. We thank the authorities for their swift, thorough detective work to get this case in front of a grand jury as quickly and as comprehensively as possible. We take this matter very seriously and support the prosecution of anyone found in violation of state and federal government law related to our business. As this is an ongoing investigation, we will have no further comment at this time..."

The authorities plan to destroy a large portion of the whiskey evidence.  If they didn't destroy those barrels, could you imagine what some folks would pay for a bottle of "Pappy Heist 23?"

Photo courtesy of Charles Bertram, our favorite photographer of all time.