Two men accused of breaking into abandoned mine taken into custody

Boone County deputies say Corey Bryant, 31, and Justin Raynes, 31, were arrested in the Jasper Workman area of Bald Knob and charged with breaking and entering and grand larceny. (Boone County Sheriff's Office)

Deputies in Boone County arrested two men accused of breaking into an abandoned coal mine.

Corey Bryant, 31, and Justin Raynes, 31, both of Raleigh County were arrested Tuesday night in the Jasper Workman area of Bald Knob and charged with breaking and entering and grand larceny, according to a news release from the Boone County Sheriff's Office.

The release said deputies were notified of someone possibly being inside an abandoned mine. A short time after deputies arrived, they located Bryant and Raynes and took them into custody without incident, the release said.

"This incident occurred at a different mine than the one a week ago, but in the same general area. It is a disturbing trend with people entering abandoned mines to steal copper wiring," Chief Deputy Chad Barker said in a release. "I can't stress how dangerous this idea is, and it's only a matter of time before we get a less desirable ending."

Two people were arrested outside another Boone County mine last week in a copper theft investigation. Rescuers search for a third man they thought might still be in the mine, but he was never located.

Bryant and Raynes are being held in the Southwestern Regional Jail each on a $50,000 bond.

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