New details emerge in Pappy Van Winkle heist

FRANKLIN, Ky. (WKYT)- New details have been released about 65 cases of Pappy Van Winkle bourbon that disappeared last year.

Last year, Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton said "Pappy" is gone, and promised to "bring Pappy home."

On Monday, Melton was able to offer a more detailed explanation of how that bourbon was stolen. The sheriff thinks the bourbon has left the state.

Melton thinks the heist was an inside job that was pulled off by at least two high-ranking employees with access to the bourbon and knowledge of Buffalo Trace's facilities.

Melton says it was a large scale heist that involved a delivery truck.

He also thinks it's likely the theft occurred during normal business hours.

The sheriffs office says the detectives who handled the case made some suggestions to Buffalo Trace, and the company has since upgraded its security measures.

Melton did not say whether detectives had uncovered any solid leads. He is hoping the public will come forward to receive reward money.

"We still have a $10,000 reward. $10,000 right before Christmas, somebody could have an awful big Christmas," the sheriff said.

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