A man drove his Porsche from Texas in an attempt to break into and possibly do more damage at Maker’s Mark Distillery.
At 10:05 a.m. on Jan. 18, deputies with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report from the Maker’s Mark Distillery security team of a person trespassing on distillery property along Happy Hollow Lane in Loretto. When deputies arrived, they found Christian P. Douglas, 29, of Mesquite, Texas, outside of a distillery warehouse detained by members of the Maker’s Mark security team.
Investigation and evidence obtained at the scene indicated that Douglas had cut a lock and had attempted to cut another lock while also using a propane torch to burn a warehouse door. Deputies found a bag containing bolt cutters, propane torches, a sledgehammer, and numerous other tools in Douglas’ possession, along with approximately $9,000 in cash.
Douglas was arrested without incident and charged with third-degree attempted burglary, third-degree attempted arson, possession of burglary tools, and third-degree criminal trespassing. He was lodged in the Marion County Detention Center but later released when his family posted bail. He is scheduled to be arraigned on Jan. 30 at 9:00 a.m. in Marion District Court.
This was his second incident at Maker’s Mark in the past two years. On July 9, 2021, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office received a call from the distillery that a customer was on site and that he complained of being poisoned and talking out of his head.
“He was transported by Marion County EMS to Spring View Hospital for medical treatment due to unstable vital signs at the scene,” Sheriff Jimmy Clements said. “That was the extent of the Sheriff’s Office contact with him on that date.”
Deputy Sheriff Tristan Hayden continues with the investigation and was assisted by Deputy Sheriff Ben Lancaster.