Prisoners charged with stealing evidence from local sheriff's department
HARDIN COUNTY, Ill. — Prisoners already behind bars are now charged with stealing from the evidence locker at a local sheriff's department.
Investigators moved the only three inmates at the Hardin County Jail to the Saline County Detention Center.
Prosecutors charged two of them, Jerry Hicks and David Skylar Ramsey, with multiple counts of theft, burglary and possession of contraband in a penal institution.
At this time, the third inmate is not charged with the alleged theft, which took place over the weekend at the Hardin County Jail.
Court documents reveal that the two broke into the evidence locker while in custody and got their hands on prescription pills, a jug of liquid morphine and a rifle.
"It's kind of scary," said Tina Maloney, who lives a few miles away from the jail.
Maloney said news of the alleged jailhouse heist has everyone talking.
"You wouldn't think in a small town like this anything like that could happen but it could happen anywhere nowadays," said Maloney.
State's Attorney Melissa Presser told Local 6 the sheriff's department notified her office of the theft.
Illinois State Police were called in to work the investigation.
Local 6 tried tracking down Hardin County Sheriff Joyce Cullison. An employee at the sheriff's office told us she was out of the area Wednesday.
Employees said they'd been instructed not to say anything about the investigation.
Local 6 asked State's Attorney Melissa Presser how a crime like that could happen and she said she couldn't comment. She also had nothing to say when we asked if the evidence had been recovered or was missing.
Presser said the jail is open, even though there are no prisoners in it. She anticipates her office will have more information in the coming days.
Both suspects are scheduled to be back in court June 5.
Illinois State Police referred all our questions Wednesday back to the Hardin County State's Attorney's office.