Franklin County sheriff: stolen bourbon to be destroyed

An alleged crime ring, which operated from January 2008 to April 2015, involved the thefts of $100,000 worth of bourbon. Investigators say they recovered these barrels, bottles of whiskey and more. | Sean Moody

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - It appears that more than two dozen bottles of rare bourbon, stolen from a central Kentucky distillery, will be destroyed.

Investigators say the bottles of Pappy Van Winkle were stolen Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort as part of a theft ring in 2013. Police later recovered the bourbon.

Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton said he had hoped the bourbon would be auctioned off for charity. However, he told WKYT that the Van Winkle family is worried that the bourbon could have been tampered with or contaminated.

The sheriff says the family wants the 28 bottles to be destroyed as a precaution.

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