New court documents suggest that a former Georgetown police chief unknowingly bought stolen bourbon from a man linked to the Pappy Van Winkle heist.
In April 2015 a Franklin County grand jury indicted nine people Tuesday in connection with Kentucky whiskey thefts dating back to 2008, possibly including the notorious heist of 65 cases of Pappy Van Winkle Family Reserve.
The charges of engaging in organized crime, which is the equivalent of racketeering, were handed down against Buffalo Trace Distillery worker Gilbert Thomas “Toby” Curtsinger, two other Kentucky distillery workers, and Curtsinger’s wife and father-in-law, among others.
Authorities say the syndicate stole bourbon from the Buffalo Trace and Wild Turkey distilleries, sold it and also trafficked in anabolic steroids.
According to the Frankfort State Journal, former chief, Greg Reeves, told the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office he and two others bought a barrel on discount on the assurance that it was a legitimate sale of liquor that had been mis-proofed and couldn’t be sold at the distillery.
Authorities say the man who sold it, Dusty Adkins, recently pleaded guilty for his alleged role in the bourbon theft ring.