Surveillance video released of potential bourbon bandit


by Jacob Ryan

Posted on October 23, 2013 at 8:56 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 24 at 7:54 AM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11)-- A security video was released today showing a person of interest in the case of who stole 65 cases of Pappy Van Winkle bourbon.

Four different camera shots capture the white male entering a Hardin County liquor store on October 20, wearing a Bardstown High School. 

He pulls into the parking lot driving what appears to be a green four door Ford F150 with tan trim.  Police said the man went inside and informed the owner of the store that he had a large amount of Pappy Van Winkle for sell.

“Obviously when you say you have a large quantity of Pappy Van Winkle, specifically, to sell… that appeals our interest real, real quick,” said Sheriff Pat Melton, Franklin County.

Police would not say how the store’s owner reacted.  Melton feels the timing and amount of expensive bourbon the man claimed to have is an obvious red flag.  The camera is too blurry for investigators to identify the man. 

Melton still thinks this was an inside job where the person stole the bourbon slowly, over time. 

He is hoping someone who watches the video will recognize the person and give investigators a chance to question him.  He believes the more attention, the better.

“We want to make it as hot on this individual as we can because if it’s hot,” Melton said.  “He isn’t going to have a lot of choices to get rid of it.”

“You keep the heat on,” he said.  “And they’re going to slip up.”

Melton asks you call the Franklin County Sheriff Office at 502-875-8740.  Their office hours are 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.