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Franklin County Sheriff announces $10,000 reward in bourbon case

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WKYT) - The Franklin County Sheriff held a news conference Monday afternoon to give an update and announcement regarding the Pappy Van Winkle theft.

The reward for information leading to an arrest in the case of the missing Bourbon is now $10,000. Officials say $9,000 is from an anonymous donor and $1,000 is from Bluegrass Crimestoppers.

The Franklin County Sheriff says police have interviewed more than 100 people in connection with the theft andhe feels they are closing in on making an arrest in the case. He says they are scouring social media sites and gathering new information daily.

The case has gone on for nearly two months now. Back on October 15, workers from Buffalo Trace Distillery reported about 65 cases of Pappy Van Winkle 20-year bourbon and nine cases of Pappy Van Winkle Rye bourbon missing. The 20-year Pappy retails for $130 a bottle and can fetch several times that on the black market. In all, investigators said the missing bourbon totaled more than $26,000. Right off the bat, investigators said they suspected it could be an inside job done over about a two-month period.

About a week after the initial report, investigators released a surveillance video from an Elizabethtown liquor store. They said store employees told them a man had come in and offered to sell them a large quantity of rare Pappy Van Winkle bourbon. Not long after that video was released, an attorney for Bardstown High School principal Chris Pickett said it was his client in the video, but said Mr. Pickett had gone into the store to buy bourbon, and never said anything about selling any. In late November, investigators said they had cleared Pickett of any wrongdoing.

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