Bourbon heist leaves restaurateur high and dry


by Claudia Coffey

Posted on February 19, 2014 at 5:38 PM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 19 at 8:11 PM

BARDSTOWN, Ky. (WHAS11) – There is another bourbon mystery to solve Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 19, in Kentuckiana.

One recent and infamous case was of the missing cases of Pappy Van Winkle in Frankfort; a case that is still unsolved.

This new mystery takes us to Bardstown, Ky. and the restaurant, Bourbon City Bistro.

In this case there are very special bottles of bourbon, considered collector's items, along with thousands of dollars in cash missing.

When Bourbon City Bistro owner Rob Hamilton went into his restaurant Monday, Feb. 17, it didn't take long to notice something was very wrong.

"I thought something was kind of weird.  I thought someone was playing a joke on me. But dang they tore it out of the wall to play a joke on me that's not nice," Hamilton, the Owner of Bourbon City Bistro, said.

But it was no joke. Someone had ripped the safe out of his office, out of the wall and took all the money in it. Then by the bar, more damage, the cash register now gone.

“He worked that one over real good; took him forever. So he finally ripped it open and took it off the wall," Hamilton said.

Hamilton said the suspect came in through the back door and made his way around the restaurant fast. In addition to the safe and register, he took several bottles of rare, signed bourbons from his personal collection.

"I had some Beam and some Heaven Hill and Elijah Craig," Hamilton said.

Hamilton gave surveillance video to police. In all it took five minutes to pull off a very expensive job. Police say they have several persons of interest in the case.