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Man at center of Pappy Van Winkle heist sentenced to 15 years in prison

Remember the great Pappy Van Winkle heist? Today, the man at the center of it all, Gilbert “Toby” Curtsinger, was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

From 2008-15, Curtsinger and eight associates stole over $100,000 worth of bourbon, selling the bottles of Pappy to outside buyers for $800/bottle. Police were able to recover 17 barrels of bourbon, 20 cases of Pappy, and one stainless steel barrel of Eagle Rare worth $12,000. Officials said it was more whisky than one person could drink in a lifetime. Sadly, the barrels had to be destroyed because could have been tampered with, a crime in itself.

Is 15 years in prison a fair sentence for stealing one of the Bluegrass’ finest exports? You decide.

[LEX18]

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10 Comments for Man at center of Pappy Van Winkle heist sentenced to 15 years in prison



  1. Duuuuuude
    1:11 pm June 1, 2018 Permalink

    He will be out in 3.



  2. jahanc2uky
    1:18 pm June 1, 2018 Permalink

    Should have been life! Only worst crimes in Kentucky would include assualting a Kentucky Basketball Player or thief of a potienal Derby Winner.



  3. IAmTheDanger
    1:21 pm June 1, 2018 Permalink

    “Well, it seems Pappy’s a little sloppy”.



  4. Bull Filmer
    1:37 pm June 1, 2018 Permalink

    Bastige deserves the execution squad. This was a crime of zero forgiveness. May he rot in jail Bourbon-free. Poor bastige.



  5. Wade
    2:03 pm June 1, 2018 Permalink

    Stealing ain’t right but what a heist. Between the 9 of them they only made around 15k a piece does that justify the sentence. If it were beam no one would have looked.



  6. CatManDo
    2:09 pm June 1, 2018 Permalink

    You think the judge was being cute when he gave him 15 years since Pappy comes in 15,20, and 23 years? Not counting the 10 and 12 Van Winkle versions of course.



  7. 3 fan
    3:14 pm June 1, 2018 Permalink

    Pissed. Played softball with and against Toby and the crew for years and was never offered any Pappy!



  8. Chris in California
    4:40 pm June 1, 2018 Permalink

    The barrels? Oh, uh, ahem, we had to destroy those…



    • Wade
      4:53 pm June 1, 2018 Permalink

      Pass that out for free to celebrate the capture.



  9. Duff86
    6:34 pm June 1, 2018 Permalink

    15 years is a little harsh. Not sure how this is any different than your run-of-the-mill white-collar crime. Maybe they’ll make a movie about it one day.