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Rare 20-year-old bourbon stolen from Franklin County distillery


Police are calling it an inside job. Buffalo Trace Distillery reports about 65 cases of their rare 20-year-old Pappy Van Winkle bourbon has been stolen.

The distillery says they noticed the bourbon was missing Tuesday, but it appears the thieves stole it over the past couple of months.

The Franklin County Sheriff says in all, whoever stole this bourbon got a lot-more than $26,000 worth.

Deputies say the bourbon was a very rare blend of 20-year-old Pappy Van Winkle bourbon made at the Buffalo Trace distillery. They say those bottle retail for about $130 each. Over about two months, they say someone stole 65 cases of them. That's nearly 200 bottles. They say the thief also took nine cases of Pappy Van winkle Rye bourbon.

"The 20-year-old bourbon is a very, very rare bourbon. It's very well sought-after. There's not a lot of it out there. I would assume someone is probably selling this," says Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton.

Sheriff Melton says he does believe this was an inside job.


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