(WAVE) Kentucky authorities have made nine arrests in a highly-publicized bourbon heist that resulted in the loss of 65 cases of coveted “Pappy Van Winkle”.
Eight men and a woman are accused of theft in an indictment that alleges they were engaged in organized crime, a conspiracy to steal and sell bourbon and to sell steroids, dating to 2008.
“This all came together through softball,” Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton said. “Why would that not shock you, right?
Gilbert “Toby” Curtsinger, 45, a Buffalo Trace employee from Frankfort, is accused of being the operation’s ringleader. Prosecutors say he knew the others accused in the conspiracy socially or through softball.
“Primarily what we had here is just individuals that worked at the distilleries who knew what the security precautions were,” Franklin County Assistant Commonwealth Attorney Zach Becker said. “Knew how to bypass them, and took advantage of their trust.”
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