Big Bucks Offered For Tips About Boosted Bourbon

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (December 2, 2013) Authorities in Kentucky are offering a $10,000 reward for information that helps in the effort to solve the disappearance of hundreds of bottles of pricey bourbon.

Sixty-five cases of 20-year-old Pappy Van Winkle bourbon and nine cases of 13-year-old Van Winkle Family Reserve rye were taken in mid-October from the Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort, Ky.

The missing whiskey is valued at more than $26,000, and the theft has become a compelling mystery in a state that produces 95 percent of the world's bourbon.

Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton said Monday the reward could provide "a heck of a Christmas" for someone who helps crack the case.

Melton said a crime stopper's group put up $1,000, but he declined to identify any other donor.

The sheriff says his detectives have interviewed more than 100 people.

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