Mysterious Case of Five Stolen Barrels of Bourbon Baffles Kentucky Police

by Emily Lee on Mar 20, 2015 in Culture

A mysterious heist took place in central Kentucky last Wednesday, in which five barrels of aging bourbon, weighing 500 lb. each, were stolen from a warehouse on Wild Turkey’s Camp Nelson property. Investigators say there were no signs of forcible entry.

The case led authorities to a backyard in Franklin County, where the barrels were found hidden behind a shed last week. The labelling on top of each barrel had been spray-painted.

Recent tests have confirmed that the barrels do indeed contain Wild Turkey bourbon, distilled in 2009. According to Dave Karraker, a spokesman for Campari America, the US subsidiary of Wild Turkey’s owners, the bourbon was slated to become Wild Turkey 101, the brand’s flagship product, typically aged for five to eight years and valued at roughly $3,000 per barrel.

Since the theft, Wild Turkey has tightened security across its operations and is doing a full inventory of its stockpiles. “Until the sheriff’s department does a further investigation, we’re not going to speculate who might be involved,” Karraker said.

So far, one man, Gilbert Thomas Curtsinger, 45, has been arrested and charged with multiple offenses, including receiving stolen property over $10,000. “Obviously, there was more than one person involved in this case. We are looking at several potential folks that are involved,” said Franklin County sheriff Pat Melton.

Curtsinger, a longtime employee at Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort, KY, pleaded not guilty at his arraignment last week. 

Photo via Flickr


Tags: Whiskey
Recent Articles
spacer

Feedback

How are we doing? Tell us what you like or don't like and how we can improve. We would love to hear your thoughts!

*Name:
*E-mail:
*Suggestions:
 
Behind the Bar: Liana Oster of Dante

Behind the Bar: Liana Oster of Dante

For this exciting installment of Behind the Bar, we had the incredible opportunity to sit down with Liana Oster, the head bartender at Dante in New Yo...read more ›

by The Drink Nation Jan 7, 2020
Taste a Slice of Chicago at Wyman's No. 5 in Denver

Taste a Slice of Chicago at Wyman's No. 5 in Denver

Modeled after the gritty taverns of Joliet, Illinois. ...read more ›

by Carrie Dow Nov 27, 2019
Rocker Spirits: Classic Spirits in Modern Glassware

Rocker Spirits: Classic Spirits in Modern Glassware

Their vodka, rum, and whiskey will stand up with the best of American spirits....read more ›

by Carrie Dow Nov 27, 2019
SPONSORED
Bigsby's Folly Introduces Denver to the Wine Cottle

Bigsby's Folly Introduces Denver to the Wine Cottle

New World grapes with Old World appeal. ...read more ›

by Carrie Dow Oct 29, 2019
Get in shape and drink beer at Denver's Brewery Boot Camp
by Carrie Dow Oct 10, 2019
Pabst Blue Ribbon Launches Blue Ribbon Whiskey in Select US Markets

Pabst Blue Ribbon Launches Blue Ribbon Whiskey in Select US Markets

PBR has launched their own whiskey. Let's keep an open mind and see what is inside this bottle....read more ›

by Carrie Dow Sep 24, 2019
The Master Sommelier Scandal is Now the Subject of a New Investigative Series

The Master Sommelier Scandal is Now the Subject of a New Investigative Series

There's a new investigative series about one of the biggest scandals to ever hit the wine world....read more ›

by The Drink Nation Sep 13, 2019
Explore a Newsworthy Social Hour at Courier Denver

Explore a Newsworthy Social Hour at Courier Denver

Anyone who loves tasty food paired with delicious drinks is welcome....read more ›

by Carrie Dow Sep 11, 2019
Places to Drink and Play in Denver
by Carrie Dow Aug 6, 2019
Using Peas to Make Gin Might Lead to More Environmentally Friendly Spirits, Studies Show

Using Peas to Make Gin Might Lead to More Environmentally Friendly Spirits, Studies Show

Scientists may have discovered a more environmentally friendly way to make one of the world's most popular spi...read more ›

by The Drink Nation Jul 23, 2019
SPONSORED
View all Articles

Sign up to get weekly drinking news, bar reviews, events and more sent directly to your inbox!

Close