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Postby big zorb » Thu Sep 21, 2017 10:05 pm

The spiriting away of hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of whiskey had a whiff of romance and “a very Kentuckiana aspect”, a court has heard. But really it was just theft.

Gilbert Curtsinger faces up to 15 years in prison as the ringleader of a bourbon-heist that took an estimated $100,000 worth of liquor, after pleading guilty in a case that has secured a place in Kentucky lore.

Some of the whiskey was sold through softball connections, while Curtsinger also pleaded guilty to charges over a steroid-trafficking scheme.

Curtsinger entered the plea on Wednesday in Franklin county circuit court to charges including theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property.

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“This case is one that has a romantic aspect to it, has a very Kentuckiana aspect to it ... but in the end, this is a property theft crime,” prosecutor Zachary Becker said after the plea.

The thefts included hard-to-get and pricey brand[url][/url]s such as Pappy Van Winkle bourbon that was taken from the Buffalo Trace Distillery. The thefts also targeted the Wild Turkey distillery.

Sheriff Pat Melton has estimated the recovered whiskey was worth at least $100,000.

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Investigators said they cracked not only whiskey thefts but a steroid-trafficking scheme as part of the investigation. Curtsinger also pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges stemming from the steroid operation.

Once the criminal cases are concluded, another issue still looms: what to do with the confiscated bourbon. Becker has had discussions about the purloined barrels and the spirits they hold.

“They might have to be destroyed,” he said.


https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/sep/21/whiskey-steroids-and-softball-prosecutor-says-kentuckiana-lore-is-just-theft
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