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4 Men Charged with Stealing Metal from Storm Victims

Date of News Release: 03/07/12

(London, KY.) –- The Kentucky State Police in London have arrested four men for theft by unlawful taking and numerous other offenses after they were found stealing tin and aluminum siding in a restricted area of the East Bernstadt community of Laurel County.

Trooper Ryan Loudermilk was conducting saturated criminal patrol on Hensley Road when he came upon four (4) men carrying tin and aluminum siding to a pickup truck parked nearby. The men had been given access to the area to assist with clean up of debris left by the storm and were instructed to carry the debris to the edge of the roadway and not to load it into a vehicle. The driver of the truck, Roger D. Smith, 22, of McKee, KY, admitted to Trooper Loudermilk that he was going to sell the metal for scrap. Trooper Loudermilk detected an odor of alcohol on the driver's person and placed him under arrest for DUI, criminal trespassing 3rd degree, theft by unlawful taking and possessing a prescription controlled substance not in proper container; he was lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center. Mr. Smith’s three (3) passengers were also arrested and lodged in the Laurel County Detention Center. The names of the accused and their respective charges are as follows:

  • Roger Smith, 51, Big Creek, KY – charged with theft by unlawful taking, criminal trespassing 3rd degree, prescription controlled substance not in proper container, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
  • Ricky Trenton, 20, Manchester, KY – charged with theft by unlawful taking, criminal trespassing 3rd degree, prescription controlled substance not in proper container and possession of marijuana.
  • James Arnett, 42, Lexington, KY – charged with theft by unlawful taking, criminal trespassing 3rd degree, prescription controlled substance not in proper container, and possession of marijuana.

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