Man charged with drinking old whiskey

Ex-caretaker John Saunders, 62, allegedly drank up $102,400 worth of century-old whiskey.

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GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Fifty-two bottles of well-aged whiskey disappeared between his lips, and now it’s time for a Pennsylvania man to settle up.

John Saunders, the former live-in caretaker of a Pittsburgh-area mansion, faces criminal charges for allegedly drinking more than $100,000 worth of the owner’s whiskey.

Patricia Hill found nine cases of whiskey hidden in the walls and stairwell of the century-old Georgian mansion built by coal and coke industrialist J.P. Brennan after she bought it in 2012. The Old Farm Pure Rye Whiskey was produced in the early 1900s by the West Overton Distilling Co.

“My guess is that Mr. Brennan ordered 10 cases pre-Prohibition,” said Hill, a New Yorker who bought the house to convert it into a bed-and-breakfast. “I was told by his family that family members used to greet him at the door each day with a shot of whiskey.”

Scottdale police said that Saunders drank dozens of bottles whiskey valued at $102,400 by a New York auction house.

Saunders, 62, of Irwin, was charged with receiving stolen property and theft.

Saunders denied drinking the whiskey when questioned by police, but a DNA test indicated otherwise.

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