Attorney: Bourbon theft suspect is high school principal

Published On: Oct 27 2013 02:03:25 PM HST
Pappy Van Winkle


New information has surfaced on the theft of a rare bourbon in Frankfort.

The person in liquor store security video released by the Franklin County sheriff last week is the principal at Bardstown High School.

"In the video you will see he's wearing what we believe is a Bardstown High School sweatshirt," said Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton.

The video shows a man entering and exiting Packages and More Liquors in Elizabethtown.

It was made public as part of the investigation into the disappearance of nearly 200 bottles of Pappy Van Winkle bourbon from the Buffalo Trace distillery.

According to attorney Doug Hubbard, the man in the video is Chris Pickett.

He said he was retained by the high school principal after Pickett learned he was the subject of the video.

"This individual is a person of interest because he went into a liquor store in the Hardin County area, Elizabethtown area, and tried to sell a large quantity of Pappy Van Winkle," Melton said last week.

Hubbard said his client went to the store to buy a collector's bottle of liquor and did, in fact, inquire about Pappy Van Winkle, but never tried to sell anything.

According to Hubbard, Pickett has never been to Buffalo Trace and doesn't know anyone who works there.

He hopes to clear everything up during a meeting with the sheriff's department Monday.


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