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Thousands of dollars worth of Chicken Cock Whiskey stolen; reward offered

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The 18-wheel tractor-trailer, loaded with Chicken Cock Whiskey left the distillery in Charleston and was headed for the Texas-based distributor when it was stolen from a Petro gas station. The 18-wheel tractor-trailer, loaded with Chicken Cock Whiskey left the distillery in Charleston and was headed for the Texas-based distributor when it was stolen from a Petro gas station.
CHARLESTON, SC -

More than 10,000 bottles of alcohol -- gone.

The liquor in question, Chicken Cock Whiskey, is an unforgettable name with ties to the Prohibition era. The alcohol was back in market for the past four months, after a near century long hiatus, when a batch of 884 cases that was headed to Texas, was stolen.

News 2 spoke with owner Matti Antilla on the phone. He says, "It was a substantial order, almost a thousand cases. They left the distillery on Friday and I learned on Monday morning that they had been stolen."

Anttila is now offering a reward of a whopping $10,000 for information leading to the return of the liquor. Sounds like a lot? Well, the bottles cost much more. Anttila estimates that the amount of bottles taken have a retail value of $200,000, but could go for as much as $1.4 million if sold through restaurants and bars. "It's a meaningful amount. it is about a month's worth of inventory for us."

"We are hopeful that it can be recovered. It is a lot of product to get rid of quietly."

And as the liquor runs dry, Anttila can't help but sense the irony in the Prohibition alcohol facing crime in the 21st century. "To try and make lemonade out of lemons, it is quite ironic that a brand that was famous for being a bootleg bourbon during Prohibition gets hijacked when it comes back to the market in 2013. I wouldn't have believed it unless it happened."

There are no leads yet on where this bootleg whiskey is hiding but anyone with information is urged to call the Florence County Sheriff's Office.

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