Caretaker Says He Didn’t Do It In Case Of Missing Vintage Whiskey

SCOTTDALE, Pa. (March 28, 2013)--The former live-in caretaker of a southwestern Pennsylvania mansion denies that he drank 52 bottles of well-aged whiskey, saying it wouldn't have been safe to drink.

He says it "evaporated" instead.

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported that John Saunders, 63, issued that denial Wednesday outside of a district judge's courtroom after his preliminary hearing on theft and other charges was postponed until May 15 so he could apply for a public defender.

The owner, Patricia Hill, found the Old Farm Pure Rye Whiskey in a century-old Georgian mansion she bought last year and says an expert appraised it at more than $102,000.

Scottdale police charged Saunders with stealing the whiskey by drinking it after his DNA was found on some empty bottles.

Saunders says Hill is exaggerating the whiskey's value.

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