The epic heist was noticed immediately – the value of a barrel of Pappy Van Winkle is upwards of $100,000 – but it took authorities nearly 2 years to catch their culprit.
Toby Curtsinger, now released from prison, loved working at Buffalo Trace distilling almost as much as he enjoyed rec league softball. To Toby, the two often overlapped; it was common for Buffalo Trace employees to leave the work day with a bottle or two of bourbon in their bag. Toby was popular for bringing bourbon – rare or otherwise – to the softball diamond. Toby got turned onto the idea of flipping (reselling) Pappy van Winkle when a friend came over to drink and mentioned knowing folks who would pay good money for a bottle or two. Toby’s excellent access to nabbing product quickly became a profitable idea. From softball to backroom poker games, it wasn’t hard to turn on a dime and resell for massive profit.
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