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Caretaker Of Western Pa. Mansion Faces Charges For Drinking More Than $100K Of Owner’s Whiskey

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

The Tribune-Review in Greensburg reported Friday that 62-year-old John Saunders of Irwin is charged by Scottdale police with receiving stolen property and theft.

Police told the newspaper that Patricia Hill found nine cases of whiskey hidden in the walls and stairwell of the century-old mansion built by industrialist J.P. Brennan after she bought it in 2012. The whiskey was bottled in 1912 by the nearby West Overton Distilling Co.

Scottdale police say Saunders drank 52 bottles of whiskey valued at $102,400 by the Bonhams auction house in New York.

Saunders is scheduled to appear at a preliminary hearing on Wednesday. He could not immediately be reached for comment.

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