Bardstown principal cleared in Pappy Van Winkle investigation

jbrammer@herald-leader.comNovember 23, 2013 

Bardstown High School principal Chris Pickett has been cleared in the investigation of the theft of 65 cases of Pappy Van Winkle whiskey worth more than $26,000, Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton said Saturday.

Melton also said he will make "a significant announcement" concerning the case at a news conference at his office at 3:30 p.m. Dec. 2. He did not elaborate.

No arrests have been made in the case. Melton said more than 100 people have been interviewed.

Pickett became a person of interest in the case after he was identified in surveillance video from a Hardin County liquor store where a clerk said a man wanted to sell a large amount of Pappy.

Pickett's attorney, Doug Hubbard, has said Pickett was trying to buy some Pappy Van Winkle, not sell it.

Frankfort's Buffalo Trace Distillery, which makes Pappy Van Winkle, reported Oct. 15 that 195 bottles of the 20-year-old bourbon had disappeared from the distillery. Nine cases of Pappy Van Winkle rye also were stolen. The total value was estimated at more than $26,000.

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