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Documents unsealed in Frankfort bourbon thefts

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Nine people were initially indicted in April for the bourbon thefts and steroid ring, which police say was working for years. Nine people were initially indicted in April for the bourbon thefts and steroid ring, which police say was working for years.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Hundreds of newly unsealed court documents offer more insight into the bourbon theft ring in Frankfort. The new documents includes two interviews with police that took place on May 7, 2015 and May 8, 2015.

Nine people were initially indicted in April for the bourbon thefts and steroid ring, which police say was working for years.

It included Gilbert "Toby" Curtsinger -- the alleged ringleader -- and his wife. A former security guard at Buffalo Trace Distillery was later added to that list. Curtsinger also worked at Buffalo Trace and police recovered five barrels of bourbon behind his home.

In a police interview from May 7, 2015, a man told police he bought illegal steroids from Curtsinger outside the Boone Tavern Restaurant in Berea, Kentucky. He said this took place in February. According to the interview, the witness said he bought two bottles of Testosterone and two bottles of “Tren.” He told police Curtsinger met him outside, leaving his wife inside Boone Tavern.

On May 8, police spoke with Harland Wheatley, the Master Distiller of Buffalo Trace, who said he "kinda remembered" signing a bottle of bourbon for Major Rob Richardson with the Frankfort Police Department for some kind of event “for the FBI national academy or some sort of police function.”

Wheatley told police he thought it was a 1.75 liter bottle of Buffalo Trace bourbon and said he distinctly remembered not signing anything for Toby Curtsinger. Wheatley told police “it would be very unusual for him to sign a bottle of Pappy Van Winkle.” He told police he thinks he signed multiple bottles of Eagle Rare bourbon on two occasions for Major Rob Richardson.

A different officer, Mike Wells, resigned during the investigation and said Curtsinger gave him a signed bottle of Pappy van Winkle to donate to a police event, and that he didn't know it was stolen. In court documents, Wells claimed Major Rob Richardson held on to the bottle of bourbon, but the Frankfort police chief has denied this allegation, claiming Major Richardson never kept anything meant for a fundraiser.

So far, four people in this case have pleaded guilty to reduced charges in this theft ring and have agreed to testify.

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