In a whodunnit case that’s stunned Kentucky whiskey-makers and fans alike, police are now offering a $10,000 reward for any tips leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever stole a lot of rare bourbon and rye.
Kentucky’s Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton announced the bounty Monday after weeks of scouring Craigslist, eBay and bourbon blogs and interviewing more than 100 people to crack the case, the Associated Press reports. Thieves raided the Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort, Kent. in October, stealing 195 bottles of 20-year-old Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve bourbon and 27 bottles of the 13-year-old Van Winkle rye whiskey, which valued in total about $26,000.
The cartoonish-name brand is one of the most expensive and prized whiskeys in the country and is produced in small quantities at the Buffalo Trace for the Old Rip Van Winkle Distillery. Authorities have failed to find the missing pricey loot, so keep your ear to the ground and it could earn you your own fortune.