Five arrested in Monroe County accused of stealing asphalt

It's not the sort of theft you hear about regularly.

Posted: Jan 30, 2018 2:09 PM
Updated: Jan 30, 2018 7:34 PM

PRAIRIE, Miss. (WTVA) - It's not the sort of theft you hear about regularly.

The Mississippi Department of Transportation arrested five people accused of stealing asphalt.

(clockwise from top left) Floyd Young, Timmy Robertson, Elmore Ewing, W.C. Bell and Richard Cunningham

Charged with grand larceny are W.C. Bell, 53, of Prairie; Richard Cunningham, 59, of Aberdeen; Elmore Ewing, 65, of Aberdeen; Timmy Robertson, 49, of West Point and Floyd Young, 26, of Houston.

The Mississippi Department of Transportation had planned to recycle the asphalt taken off of Highway 382.

Deputies say they found the men using an excavator to load the asphalt onto trucks.

Sheriff Cecil Cantrell says the men claim they were told by MDOT they could get the asphalt.

"It looks like they got some wrong information from somebody at MDOT, that it was all right for them to get this old asphalt," said Sheriff Cecil Cantrell. "I’m sure that’ll be decided in court."

A judge set bond for each suspect at $5,000.

A representative from MDOT tells WTVA it is not their practice to give away materials. 

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