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Stolen bourbon possibly offered to local liquor store

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Police seeking man seen in video

Authorities are looking for a man seen on video trying to sell a large quantity of Pappy Van Winkle bourbon at a Hardin County liquor store.

Sixty-five cases of the rare, 20-year-old bourbon valued at $25,000 were reported stolen last week from the Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort.

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Department is looking for leads to the suspect's identity. He is described as a person of interest in the police investigation.

The color video (below) shows the man, believed to be between 50 and 60 years of age, wearing a purple pullover that Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton said appears to carry a Bardstown High School logo. He reportedly drove a late-model Ford F-150 that was dark green with tan trim when he stopped at the Elizabethtown business offering to sell Pappy Van Winkle, the police report said.

In addition to the bourbon theft, the distillery reported that nine cases of 13-year-old Van Winkle Family Reserve rye also were stolen.

Police ask that anyone with information also can be made by texting (502) 320-3306 or calling the sheriff’s office at (502) 875-8740.

For more information, see Friday's print edition of The News-Enterprise.

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