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Attorney raises question about bourbon theft

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) - The ongoing mystery of $26,000 worth of missing bourbon has deepened a bit. On Monday, the Franklin County Sheriff announced a reward for information. He says that's led to a lot of tips. Yesterday, the attorney for a man once considered a person of interest is raising questions about the theft itself.

Shortly after the theft, the Franklin County Sheriff's Office released surveillance video of someone they called a person of interest. Doug Hubbard, a Bardstown attorney representing Chris Pickett, the Bardstown High School principal, said it was his client in the video, but that Pickett had nothing to do with the crime. Investigators later cleared Pickett of any wrongdoing. Yesterday, Hubbard told a Louisville TV station that he questions the theft, saying, "Don't they say sometimes, follow the money? Who has profited the most from this? It wasn't somebody stealing 65 cases or two hundred bottles of Pappy Van Winkle. I think the world wide attention that Pappy Van Winkle has gotten has certainly been wonderful to their advertising and marketing departments,"

Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton said he doesn't believe this is a publicity stunt and that they've gotten close to 50 tips since they announced a $10,000 reward earlier this week.

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