Caretaker stole, drank $100,000 worth of whiskey hidden in mansion walls

Caretaker stole, drank $100,000 worth of whiskey hidden in mansion walls

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Caretaker stole, drank $100,000 worth of whiskey hidden in mansion walls

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by Barry Leibowitz

(CBS/AP)

Posted on March 26, 2013 at 2:17 PM

GREENSBURG, Pa. - The live-in caretaker of a western Pennsylvania mansion is facing criminal charges for allegedly drinking more than $100,000 worth of the owner’s whiskey.

Not too smooth.

Scottdale police tell The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review the owner of the century-old mansion found nine cases of whiskey hidden in the walls and stairwell after she bought the place in 2012. The hidden whiskey was bottled a century earlier, in 1912, by the nearby West Overton Distilling Co.

Investigators say the 62-year-old caretaker, John Saunders, drank 52 bottles of whiskey (one a week?) valued at $102,000 by a New York auction house.

Saunders is charged with receiving stolen property and theft, and faces a preliminary hearing Wednesday.

 

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