An unidentified man just walked in and drove away.

By Jelisa Castrodale
April 08, 2020
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Last week, a driver for a Tennessee-based trucking company made a routine delivery, dropping off a shipment of Jack Daniel's whiskey at a trailer yard in Atlanta.

That 80-proof cargo arrived on March 28 but three days later, an as-yet-unidentified man somehow convinced an employee at the ITS ConGlobal trailer yard to let him check the trailer out—and he wasn't asked for any ID either. (According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the man "did not appear to be suspicious in any kind of way"—well, at least not until he stole an entire truckload of booze.)

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A white Chevy Tahoe and a white van were both seen on the trailer yard's surveillance cameras, and the van followed the semi-truck as it drove off. The semi was found in DeKalb County a day after the trailer was reported missing, but the Atlanta Police Department said that the "majority of the cargo"—read: most of the Jack—had already disappeared.

Although the thief (or thieves) seem to have gotten away with their low-tech whiskey heist, at least there's still plenty of Jack Daniel's available for the rest of us to buy. In an interview with Fox News, Jack Daniel's North America CEO John Hayes said that the company is still distilling and producing plenty of Tennessee whiskey.

"[O]ur people are distilling and shipping Jack Daniel's to 160 countries around the world," he said. "We are fortunate that there have not been any confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Moore county Tennessee, our home county, or at our distillery. Our employees are still operating...the show still goes on."

Hayes said that the company had been making hand sanitizer on a "small scale" for its employees and local first responders, but it has recently increased its production capabilities in a serious way. "We're happy to announce we had dedicated one of our distilleries that we call Jack Daniel's 2 to making industrial amounts of ethanol," he said. "Today, we, in fact, delivered our first tanker trunk full of ethanol to our commercial partner where they're going to be making roughly 20 million six-ounce bottles a month for us."

Hayes said that the Jack Daniels 2 distillery could produce two million gallons of ethanol every month, which will be used to manufacture hand sanitizer. And, just for the record, if you happen to see a tractor-trailer filled with bottles of Jack's own ethanol, it's probably best not to steal any of that either.