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The Heist Issue

The Pappy Van Winkle Heist That Wasn’t

A longtime Buffalo Trace employee admits to stealing bourbon but not to being a criminal mastermind.

On Oct. 15, 2013, Buffalo Trace Distillery reported that about 200 bottles of rare, renowned Pappy Van Winkle bourbon, valued at $26,000, had gone missing from its Frankfort, Ky., facility. The crime made international headlines, but almost a year and a half later, no thief had been found.

March 11, 2015: Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton received an anonymous tip naming the Pappy Van Winkle Bandit as Toby Curtsinger, a longtime Buffalo Trace employee.