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Authorities looking for 'person of interest' in Pappy Van Winkle theft

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A possible break in the case of stolen Pappy Van Winkle bourbon, as authorities release surveillance video of a ‘person of interest' that they'd like to speak to.

They say red flags were raised when the man went into a Hardin County liquor store three days ago, wanting to sell a large amount of the bourbon.

"The vehicle that he's shown driving there we believe is a 4-door Ford, F150, green in color with tan trim," says Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton.

In surveillance video, he's wearing what appears to be a purple Bardstown High School sweatshirt.

Last Tuesday, 195 bottles of 20-year-old Pappy Van Winkle, valued at $130 dollars each, went missing from the Frankfort distillery where it's made.

Nine bottles of 13-year-old rye reserve, valued at $25, were also stolen.

At this point, authorities say that man is only a ‘person of interest' in this case, but they'd like to speak with him immediately.

"This individual is a person of interest because he went into a liquor store in the Hardin County area, in the Elizabethtown area, and tried to sell a quantity of Pappy Van Winkle bourbon," says Sheriff Pat Melton.

In fact, authorities say it was a large quantity of bourbon that the man tried to sell the store owner.

Officials believe he could live in the Hardin County area, and say they aren't leaving any stone unturned.

The theft of the popular bourbon has garnered national attention.

Investigators continue to say it's possible it was an inside job.

"But also, as part of the investigation and part of being slow and methodical as we are handling this investigation, and you look at the big picture -- you don't want to rule out anything or anybody, so that's where we are right now with it," says Sheriff Melton.

Anyone with information about the theft or the man seen in surveillance photos is asked to contact the Franklin County Sheriff' Office at 502-320-3306.

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