August 12, 2015 UPDATE: Listen to the latest podcast update, from BourbonBlog.com ‘s Tom Fischer, above and on this link with Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton as he reveals that increasing numbers of bottles of Pappy and stolen bourbon are coming in as evidence in the Great Bourbon Syndicate case. Additional stolen bourbon has been located and turned in, partly due to the guilty pleas leading to new information.
In this interview, Sheriff Melton states that the crimes may indeed date back even further than 2006. Last week BourbonBlog.com reported that new evidence exists and admissions which prove that these crimes date back to 2006.
“The longer this goes on, the better case we have… Everyone is knocking the ball out of the park,” says Melton. Melton credits the hard work of his investigative team along with their partnership with the Office of the Attorney General to make all this possible.
Melton predicts that all suspects named in the original indictment may take plea bargains.
Learn more about the timeline of events in the stolen bourbon case by visiting the links below from our extensive coverage.
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Timeline in Great Bourbon Syndicate Case from 2013 to Present
10-16-2013 – Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon reported stolen, first interview with Sheriff Melton – BourbonBlog.com is first to ask about a possible reward, which is offered later.
10-18-2013 Spotting the Stolen Pappy – BourbonBlog.com is first to raise the question of recorded strip stamp numbers on the bottles of stolen Pappy to aid detectives and consumers in identifying the stolen bottles from any other bottle of Pappy. This is a question that is yet unanswered to this day.
10-23-2013 Surveillance Footage released – public asked for help in locating “person of interest.”
10-24-2013 Interview with Liquor Store Where Pappy Suspect Was Caught on Camera – BourbonBlog.com is first to identify Package & More Liquor Store as the location where the “person of interest” was captured on surveillance.
10-28-2013 BourbonBlog interviews Attorney of Chris Pickett – First interview of its kind with attorney for Chris Pickett.
12-02-2013 $10,000 Reward Offered in Pappy Theft Case
04-03-2014 Five Whiskey Worth Stealing BourbonBlog.com organizes historic tasting of other rare bourbons and whiskeys.
Photos by Will Hartstock.