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$10,000 Reward Offered in the Pappy Van Winkle Heist

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Buffalo Trace's warehouse.
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Kentucky police have still not caught the thief who stole over $25,000 in Pappy Van Winkle bourbon in October, but hopefully a new $10,000 reward will help. The Associated Press reports that the money will be rewarded to anyone who provides information leading to the arrest and conviction of the thief who managed to steal 65 cases of Buffalo Trace Distillery's beloved bourbon.

In the nearly two months since the pricey bourbon went missing, police did discover a "person of interest" who was filmed attempting to "offload" a "large quantity" of Pappy Van Winkle at a local liquor store. According to Bourbon Blog, the person of interest was identified as a local high school principal who claims that he is innocent. Bourbon Blog also reports that the sheriff's team has interviewed over 100 people in connection to the case. At a press conference yesterday the sheriff expressed his optimism that the case would come to a close soon saying, "The net is narrowing." While the heist means there are even fewer bottles of Pappy circulating this year, Eater has rounded up over 80 locations nationwide serving the sought-after bourbon.

· Reward Offered in Kentucky Case of Missing Bourbon [AP]
· $25K Worth of Pappy Stolen from Buffalo Trace Distillery [-E-]
· All Pappy Van Winkle Coverage on Eater [-E-]

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