Two people have been arrested and accused of stealing nearly $14,000 worth of copper wiring from a mining site in Harlan County.
State police said a security guard discovered on April 19 that 650 feet of copper wiring had been stolen from the Harlan-Cumberland Coal Co. in the Dione community.
On May 5, Sgt. Silas Whitehead of the Cumberland Police Department arrested Cebert Randy Smith, 31, and Brandy Cantrell, 32, both of Cumberland. They were charged with theft and burglary related to cases Whitehead was investigating.
State police determined that the pair also had taken the copper wiring from the Dione site and "cut it up in order to sell it as scrap," according to a news release from state police. While some of the wiring has been recovered, it is unusable for mining, the release stated.
On Tuesday, Trooper Kevin Miller served Cantrell and Smith with warrants for theft by unlawful taking over $10,000. They were being held in the Harlan County Detention Center on $10,000 full cash bond.