Mingo Co. Man Arrested For Allegedly Attempting To Steal From A Mine

A Mingo County man was arrested Saturday after deputies said he was caught stealing cable and insulators from a mine property.


Richard D. Smoots, of Isaban, is charged with fleeing on foot, battery on an officer, assault on an officer, obstructing an officer, possession of a controlled substance, possession of adulterated pseudoephedrine, trespassing, grand larceny and conspiracy to commit a felony, according to the Mingo County Sheriff’s Office.


Deputies said Smoots was found on the Frazier Creek Mining property allegedly attempting to steal about $15,000 in cable line and $800 worth of insulators.


The Mingo County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Gilbert Police Department and the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office.



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