Thomas Lilly: Suspected moonshine maker tells Martin detectives his is 'best anyone tasted'
Will Greenlee, Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers
1:25 PM, Aug 27, 2013
4:38 PM, Aug 27, 2013
STUART — A West Palm Beach man said the moonshine he made was "the best anyone had tasted."
Problem is, the folks to whom Thomas Lilly bragged were investigators. And he'd just sold them a "still" for $320.
Lilly, 47, was arrested Friday and charged with possession of a moonshine still and possession of a firearm during commission of a felony, according to a recently released affidavit.
At about 9:40 a.m. that day, Lilly met with a special agent with the state Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco and a Martin County sheriff's detective on Southwest Lost River Road near Interstate 95.
Lilly exchanged the still for $320 and supplied "detailed instructions" on how to make moonshine — or illegally distilled whiskey.
"He also stated that the moonshine he had manufactured was the best anyone had tasted," the affidavit states.
Further, Lilly supplied documents on how to make moonshine.
After Lilly was arrested, the investigators found he had a .32-caliber handgun and a .336-caliber rifle.
Lilly was taken to the Martin County Jail.
He was released Friday on $40,000 bond, a jail official said Tuesday.