Hot Springs Sheriff Looking for Bentonite Mine Vandals
Written by Andrew-Rossi on May 16, 2022
The Hot Springs County Sheriff’s Office is looking for vandals who caused significant damage at a bentonite mine near Thermopolis earlier this month.
Hot Springs County Sheriff Jeremie Krausshaar is asking for the public’s assistance in finding and arresting anyone involved in a break-in – and just breaking – at a bentonite mine off Missouri Flat Road.
One or more people entered the bentonite mine sometime during the night of Friday, May 6. Once inside, they began tampering with equipment.
Pictures show several vehicles – including a semi and a dump truck – stuck in deep, muddy road ruts. A portable pumping unit had been tipped over, falling into a pond.
The pumping unit is the most egregious act of vandalism. Damages are estimated at $30,000.
The Hot Springs County Sheriff’s Office is looking for any leads or information that may help find those involved.
Please report any tips or information to the Hot Springs County Sheriff’s Office at (307) 864-2622 or message the office directly on Facebook Messenger.
A reward for information leading to prosecution is available.