Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon

Ringleader In Bourbon Heist Pleads Guilty

Sep 20, 2017
Karyn Czar

A rogue distillery worker at the center of a bourbon-heist scheme that spirited away tens of thousands of dollars' worth of liquor has pleaded guilty in a case that has already secured a place in Kentucky lore.

The Bourbon Review

A little over 700 bottles of very rare Old Rip Van Winkle bourbon, dating back 25 years have hit the market with the suggested retail price of $1,800 apiece.  The small batch comes from the family that produced the world renowned Pappy Van Winkle bourbon and represents some of their oldest inventory.

Bourbon Security Guard Pleads Guilty To Aiding Theft Ring

Jun 5, 2015
Karyn Czar

A former Buffalo Trace Distillery guard has pleaded guilty to aiding a Kentucky bourbon theft ring that investigators say sold thousands of dollars of bourbon illegally.

Husband, Wife Plead Not Guilty In Bourbon Theft Ring

May 22, 2015
Karyn Czar / WUKY

An attorney says the wife of the alleged leader of a bourbon theft ring in Kentucky was unaware of the whiskey barrels found on her property that unraveled the scheme.

2 Plead Guilty In Central Kentucky Bourbon Theft Ring

May 7, 2015

Two people have pleaded guilty in connection with a central Kentucky bourbon theft ring.  Franklin County Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Zach Becker told The State Journal that Michael Shaun Ballard and Ronnie Lee Hubbard pleaded guilty Wednesday to amended charges in exchange for cooperating in prosecution of other defendants in the case. WLEX-TV said the men pleaded guilty to criminal conspiracy to receive stolen property over $10,000.

Pappy Van Winkle Heist Solved?

Apr 21, 2015
Karyn Czar / WUKY

Nine people have been indicted on charges of spiriting away what Kentucky authorities say was more bourbon whiskey than one person could drink in a lifetime.

There are new wrinkles in the Pappy Van Winkle heist saga. Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton says he thinks the heist was an inside job.

One Year Later Pappy Van Winkle Heist Remains Unsolved

Oct 11, 2014

Authorities continue to search for leads nearly a year after dozens of cases of a rare bourbon were stolen from a central Kentucky distillery.