Distillery employee arrested in connection to Wild Turkey Bourbon theft

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ky. (WTVQ) – Five barrels of stolen Wild Turkey Bourbon, along with anabolic steroids, between 20 and 25 guns, and around $3,600 in cash have been recovered from a suspected thief, according to Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton.
 
The Sheriff says the items were recovered Wednesday and Gilbert Thomas Curtsinger, an employee of Buffalo Trace Distillery, was arrested.
 
We’re told Curtsinger now faces four counts of being in possession of a controlled substance, one count of possessing drug paraphernalia and one count of having stolen property valued over $10,000.
 
According to Sheriff Melton, an investigation is underway as to whether the guns  were also stolen.

He also says the bourbon could be worth up to $30,000 and that each barrel weighs up to 500 pounds. 
 
Officials are also looking at another suspect  who detectives say works at the Wild Turkey Distillery in Anderson County and has connections with Curtsinger.
 
According to a statement from the Wild Turkey Distillery, the company will cooperate fully with the investigation and plans to launch an internal investigation of its own.  They also thanked authorities for their work.
 
Deputies tell us they will be slow and methodical in their investigation.  Melton says the investigation has gone in several directions and there could be a connection between this theft and the October 2013 theft of Pappy Van Winkle bourbon from the Buffalo Trace Distillery.
 
Sheriff Melton says the information that led to Curtsinger’s arrest came from an anonymous tip from the text-a-tip program. Any further information can be sent to officials by texting your tip to 502-320-3306.

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