Pappy Van Winkle Theft a Hoax?

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- As the search for the thief, or thieves in the Pappy Van Winkle case continues, Doug Hubbard, a Bardstown attorney representing the once "person of interest" in he case, has a theory of his own.

Hubbard says he is highly suspicious this is a theft at all, saying:

"Who has profited the most from this? It wasn't somebody stealing 65 cases or two hundred bottles of Pappy Van Winkle. I think the world wide attention that Pappy Van Winkle has gotten has certainly been wonderful to their advertising and marketing departments."

Hubbard represents Chris Pickett -- the Bardstown high school principal who was first named as a person of interest in the theft of 65 cases of the rare and expensive Pappy Van Winkle back in October.

The Franklin County Sheriff's Office has since released a video that cleared Pickett. Hubbard says despite that, it's left a big cloud over the principal.

The Franklin County Sheriff announced yesterday that they now believe it was an inside job.

Sheriff Pat Melton isn't buying the argument that this was all a publicity stunt by Buffalo Trace -- the distillery that makes the Van Winkle brand in partnership with the original family owners.

For Chris Pickett, according to his attorney, it's been hard to move on. In the meantime, Hubbard remains suspicious.

The Van Winkle family has made no comments regarding Hubbard's suspicions.

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