The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office has a lead in the case of the missing bourbon.
The office released surveillance video Wednesday taken Oct. 20 at 1:49 p.m. at a liquor store in Hardin County. A man allegedly offered to sell the store a “large quantity” of Pappy Van Winkle bourbon, Sheriff Pat Melton said.
In the video, a man appears to pull up to the store in a Ford F-150 truck that is green with tan trim. He also appears to be wearing a purple Bardstown High School sweatshirt.
The sheriff’s office is calling the man a person of interest in the theft. The investigation is now focused on Hardin and Nelson counties.
Buffalo Trace Distillery reported last week that more than $26,000 of the rare bourbon had disappeared.
Reported stolen was 65 cases – with three bottles per case – of Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve 20 Year bourbon and nine bottles of Van Winkle Family Reserve Rye were taken.
Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve 20 Year bourbon is worth about $130 a bottle. Van Winkle Family Reserve Rye is aged for 13 years and is worth about $25 a bottle.
Melton said the bourbon was stolen over the last couple of months and about 50 employees had access to it.
Buffalo Trace representatives have yet to comment on the case.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office at 502-875-8740.