Nine distillery workers in Frankfort, Kentucky were indicted earlier today (April 21) for allegedly stealing barrels of bourbon over a period of several years, according to Yahoo!
The workers, all charged with engaging in organized crime, were employed at the Buffalo Trace and Wild Turkey distilleries.
Their theft was discovered when some of the stolen barrels were found behind a shed belonging to Gilbert Thomas Curtsinger, formerly of Buffalo Trace Distillery. He pleaded not guilty after his arrest. Authorities labeled him a “ringleader” in the case.
Two of the recovered barrels were from Buffalo Trace, with at least 15 containing whiskey from Wild Turkey.
Larry Cleveland, Commonwealth Attorney in Franklin County, said the stolen products were “more than I could imagine one person drinking in a lifetime.”
The county sheriff estimated the damages to be at least $100,000, and they included some of the most expensive brands produced in the distilleries.
“You had some rogue employees who took advantage of both the trust of their companies and their knowledge of the security measures to steal the barrels and bottles of bourbon from these two distilleries,” Zachary M. Becker, assistant Franklin County prosecutor, said.