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Police Find $30K of Stolen Wild Turkey Bourbon in Man's Backyard

He was promptly arrested.


Police have recovered five barrels of bourbon stolen from the Wild Turkey Distillery in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky earlier this week. According to the Associated Press, it's estimated that each barrel is valued between $3,700 to $6,000, which means that between $18,500 to $30,000 worth of booze was taken from the distillery. The stolen barrels had labels that were spray-painted over.

So far, the authorities have made one arrest. 45-year-old Gilbert Curtsinger was caught Wednesday with the stash in his backyard. The sheriff tells the AP, "They were sitting on the ground in the mud behind the shed." Curtsinger faces many charges including "receiving stolen property" and possession of drug paraphernalia. Police apparently also found 25 firearms and "a couple of silencers" in his possession.

Police are unsure if this heist is connected to the 2013 theft of cult-loved bourbon Pappy Van Winkle, but are pursuing that line of inquiry. The Pappy case — in which thieves stole nearly $25,000 worth of Pappy Van Winkle's Family Reserve 20 Year Bourbon — from the distillery remains unsolved.