Heist at Union County Coal Mine Leads to 2 Arrests

The sheriff's office says that during the heist, several thousand dollars worth of copper cable was stolen from the mine and several thousand dollars worth of damage was incurred.

Posted: Jun 4, 2021 7:51 AM
Updated: Jun 4, 2021 10:48 AM

The Union County Sheriff's Office said Thursday that two people were arrested after a heist at a local coal mine.

According to UCSO, the incident happened at the local mine formerly known as the Peabody Camp #9 Prep Plant.

Randy Hardrick (L) and Talisa Adkins (R) - UCSO

The sheriff's office says that during the heist, several thousand dollars worth of copper cable was stolen from the mine and several thousand dollars worth of damage was incurred.

UCSO says that on Thursday, deputies arrested 59-year-old Randy Hardrick at a camper in the Whispering Meadows area on a warrant stemming from the investigation. 37-year-old Talisa Adkins was also arrested at the scene on an unrelated Parole Violation Warrant.

Hardrick is facing the following charges:

  • Burglary 3rd degree
  • Criminal Trespass
  • Theft by unlawful Taking
  • Criminal Mischief
  • Operating ATV on land without consent

According to the sheriff's office, Hardrick was served an outstanding drug-related warrant as well issued by the Pennyrile Narcotics Task Force.

Additionally, UCSO says Hardrick "felt the pinch" of losing his own property, as the ATV authorities believe he used during the crime was seized as evidence.

UCSO says other individuals have been identified as a part of the investigation and that more arrests are expected in the coming days.

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