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ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky (WDRB) -- Thanks to Eric Hall, owner of Packages and More Liquors in Elizabethtown, police have a clear picture of a person of interest in the case of the stolen Pappy Van Winkle bourbon.
He's the one who tipped off authorities this past week, about a suspicious man in his store.
Soon after, authorities released photos to the media.
"A man came in Sunday to our store, talked to my manager, made conversation about Pappy Van Winkle and he offered to sell some to my employee or us and my employee stated he couldn't buy it except from a distributor. The man kind of turned around, clammed up and left," Hall told WDRB.
This, just a few days after Buffalo Trace Distillery reported more than $26,000 worth of bourbon was stolen.
It was last Tuesday that 195 bottles of 20-year-old pappy, valued at $130 each, went missing from the Frankfort distillery.
Officials say nine bottles of 13-year-old rye reserve were also stolen.
"I didn't believe it. I said it's all over the press. There's no way. I can't think that someone would do that this soon after it," said Hall.
In surveillance video, authorities say the man is wearing a purple Bardstown High School sweatshirt and appears to be driving a green 4-door Ford F150.
At this point, they say the man in the video is only a person of interest in the case but they want to speak with him immediately.
Officials believe he could live in Hardin County.
Hall says if the bourbon the man tried to sell to him was in fact stolen, he's happy his manager working at the time knew better than to take the bait.
"He's been in the business for quite a few years so he knows what you can and can't do and buying stuff not from a distributor isn't something we get into," he said.
Investigators continue to say it's possible the theft was an inside job.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Franklin County Sheriff's Office at 502-320-3306.