December 2, 2013 – For the first time since the theft of around $26,000 worth of Pappy Van Winkle whiskey was reported from Buffalo Trace Distillery in October, a reward is being offered in the case. During a news conference today in Frankfort, Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton told reporters that a $10,000 reward is being offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction. According to the Louisville Courier-Journal, Melton said $9,000 was posted by an anonymous donor, with the rest by Bluegrass CrimeStoppers.
No arrests have been made, and none of the stolen whiskey has turned up since the theft was reported. Melton’s investigators have interviewed more than 100 potential suspects in the case.
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.
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