Justice will finally be served in one of the biggest whiskey thefts of all time. After an investigation that took nearly a year and a half, nine people have been indicted for stealing almost $100,000 worth of bourbon from Kentucky distilleries, including 65 cases of Pappy Van Winkle 20-Year, one of the world’s rarest and most expensive.
Though the investigation only goes back to 2013, local authorities in Franklin County, Kentucky, think the ring of thieves began pilfering whiskey as far back as 2008. “This is probably the tip of the iceberg,” said Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton.
As anticipated, the nine suspects included two employees of Buffalo Trace Distillery (owners of the Pappy Van Winkle brand) and an employee of Wild Turkey (another brand that had seen theft). But what was not expected was the way the crooks got their stolen booze out into the world. Melton told NPR that the ringleader utilized the connections he’d made playing softball throughout Kentucky.