Thursday, November 5, 2015

Five indicted for drugs-and-shoplifting scheme

A Pike County Grand Jury returned an indictment today charging five Pike County residents with engaging in organized crime. According to the indictment, 40-year-old Truman Slone, of Shelbiana ... 39-year-old Tammy Miller, of Pikeville ... 45-year-old Buckie Vanmeter, of Pikeville ... 27-year-old Angel Pennington, of Elkhorn City ... and 48-year-old Willie Yates, of Pikeville … are all charged with theft and a felony count of engaging in a criminal syndicate. The indictment is the result of an investigation by the Coal Run Village Police Department and the Pike County Sheriff’s Office that found Slone was allegedly supplying drugs to the other defendants in exchange for their work shoplifting for him. Coal Run Police Officer Anthony Maggard, who testified before the grand jury, said numerous complaints of shoplifting, coupled with another arrest of Slone and Tammy Miller, led to the charges.

All five of those named in the indictment are facing misdemeanor theft charges, while Slone and Miller are also facing felony theft and persistent felon charges, as well. The criminal syndicate charge filed against all five is a class C felony charge, punishable by 5 to 10 years in prison.