Pictured, from top to bottom, Higgerson, Knight and Reisner.
Pictured, from top to bottom, Higgerson, Knight and Reisner.
Three people dug themselves into a hole Monday after Kentucky State Police say the trio stole a backhoe and a drink machine in Carroll County.

Kentucky State Police arrested Jessika Higgerson, Kyle Knight, both 18, and Louis Reisner, 20, after finding evidence that connected them to the theft of a backhoe owned by the Kentucky Transportation Department near Worthville.

The backhoe was being used for road work on KY 467 before state highway crews reported it had been stolen on Monday.

After an investigation into the complaint, KSP Trooper Dave Roberts found the stolen backhoe and a partially buried drink machine in a creek bed a few miles away on Buffalo Creek Road.

State police believe Higgerson, Knight and Reisner stole the backhoe, then used the equipment to steal a Coca-Cola drink machine from outside a Worthville tattoo shop, KSP Post 5 spokesman Brad Arterburn said.

The three also are thought to have opened the Coca-Cola machine and taken drinks and change out before attempting to use the backhoe and bury the machine in the creek, Arterburn said.

Roberts found a jacket and a Carrollton Save-A-Lot receipt that had been left behind in the backhoe's cab. Security footage from the grocery store led police to the three people who all admitted they were involved in the crimes, Arterburn said.

Higgerson, of Carrollton, faces charges with theft of farm equipment, tampering with physical evidence and criminal mischief.

Knight, of Pensacola, Fla., faces charges of theft - all other - in connection to the drink machine, tampering with physical evidence and criminal mischief.

Reisner, of Amite City, La., was charged of theft of farm equipment, tampering with physical evidence, theft - all other - in connection with the drink machine and two counts of criminal mischief.

All three remain lodged at the Carroll County Detention Center in Carrollton.