Officials: Rogue workers targeted big bourbon distilleries

April 22, 2015 11:58 AM

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A bourbon theft ring targeting the Buffalo Trace and Wild Turkey distilleries operated for years as a lucrative business, involving tens of thousands of dollars in whiskey, and the scheme began to unravel only when stolen barrels were discovered behind a shed, officials said.

The man accused of leading the ring was a rogue distillery employee — Gilbert "Toby" Curtsinger — who wore shirts promoting Buffalo Trace as he delivered the purloined barrels covered by a tarp in a pickup truck, according to authorities.

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