Two Terre Haute residents are spending some time in the Clay County Jail, thanks to quick action by Clay County Sheriff's Deputy Michael Heaton and Brazil City Police Officer Marty Beasley.
Darrell M. Hetterscheidt, 20, and Clifford K. Story, 20, both of Terre Haute, are suspects in the theft of anhydrous ammonia from Schopmeyer Farm Supply.
According to Clay County Sheriff Rob Carter, there was a report of some items used in connection with taking ammonia from a tank, found at the farm supply store. It was also discovered that an ammonia tank was leaking, indicating that the attempted theft had just occurred.
Deputy Heaton and Officer Beasley observed two males cross SR 59 from Schopmeyer's. The two, upon questioning, said that they ran out of gas, however their vehicle was discovered about a mile from the scene, on Murphy Road.
"We began questioning the suspects and we picked their story apart," Carter said. "They are now being held for charges. There was definitely some deception occurring here."
Carter said that most thefts of anhydrous ammonia in the county are by people that live outside the county. The two sources for anhydrous ammonia in the Brazil area are normally hit by people from Terre Haute and Vigo County while many of the Clay City thefts of ammonia are from people in Owen and Greene County area.