Franklin County

Video shows person who offered to sell Pappy; he is 'person of interest' in theft

FRANKFORT — There has been a break in the case of the purloined Pappy: Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton on Wednesday released footage of a "person of interest" who he said offered to sell a large amount of Pappy Van Winkle to a Hardin County store.

"We need to talk to him," Melton said. "We hope this will lead to where we want to go."

Melton's office has been attempting to identify the man, who was wearing what appeared to be a purple Bardstown High School sweatshirt, for two days with no luck, so they are turning to the public for help.

The man drove a green four-door Ford F-150 pick-up with tan trim.

The unidentified store came forward and Melton's office obtained video from inside and outside. Melton said they have received several tips, but many have vanished.

"Somebody's going to be able to identify this person," Melton said.

It is unclear exactly when the video was made.

On Oct. 15, Buffalo Trace Distillery, where Pappy Van Winkle is made, reported 65 cases — 195 bottles in all — of 20-year-old bourbon missing. Another nine cases of rare Pappy Van Winkle rye also were stolen. Total value of the stolen goods was estimated at more than $26,000, according to the police report.

Die-hard Pappy fans are willing to pay hundreds of dollars for single bottles of the premium bourbon. Liquor stores fortunate enough to get bottles often hold lotteries to see who can buy them.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Franklin County Sheriff's Office, (502) 875-8740.


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Anyone with information is asked to call the Franklin County Sheriff's Office, (502) 875-8740.

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