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More arrests for theft of anhydrous

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Richard Lee Bowling
CLAY CITY -- Spring is in the air and so is the smell of anhydrous, as two more suspects were taken into custody recently amid various criminal allegations.

On Tuesday, officials with the Clay County Sheriff's Department confirmed two suspects were discovered to have five altered storage tanks full of anhydrous ammonia in their vehicle during a traffic stop on State Road 246, near County Road 400 West, shortly after midnight Sunday.

Richard Lee Bowling, 33, Anderson, Ind., and Joshua R. Gilbert, 24, Terre Haute, were taken into custody and transported to the Clay County Justice Center for booking.

Joshua R. Gilbert
Bowling was preliminarily charged with felony possession of anhydrous ammonia, conspiracy to commit, theft and misdemeanor driving while suspended (prior) and trespass.

Gilbert was preliminarily charged with felony theft, possession of anhydrous ammonia and misdemeanor trespass.

Being held on separate $7,000 cash bonds (no 10 percent), both men, according to jail staff, are currently awaiting further court proceedings

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If people keep stealing the anhydrous, there's not going to be enough left for the crops.

It is getting to where we need guards every where this stuff is.

Our law enforcement is doing a great job of locking them up as fast as they can. Keep up good work, Ladies and Gentlemen.

-- Posted by Leo L. Southworth on Wed, Apr 28, 2010, at 12:52 AM

penalties for these crimes should be increased, if you know you will lose 50 yrs or more of your life , maybe, just ,maybe, the temptation for , easy money, wont be so tempting. just a thought

-- Posted by otis66 on Wed, Apr 28, 2010, at 7:41 AM

Hey I have a novel idea-why don't these folks get a regular honest job like us??? Then they wouldn't need to go sneaking around farms for hazardous chemicals that could kill them or others! I saw that Dollar General is hiring!

-- Posted by millertime on Wed, Apr 28, 2010, at 7:55 AM


It's funny that you should mention Dollar General. I was in there not long ago and saw this woman who was obviously under the influence of something. She was standing in front of the batteries talking to herself. Her cart was half full of different kinds of batteries and powdered bug killer. After I got a good look at her I realized that I used to work with her and it just really made me sad. She was a shell of the person she used to be. This drug is a cancer to our society. Thank you so much to the police officers who risk their lives everyday to get this drug off the street.

-- Posted by ugotitdude on Wed, Apr 28, 2010, at 8:09 AM

In addition to breaking the law and stealing from others and possibly spewing this stuff out into the air, these guys are stupidly risking their own lives. I believe one needs training and a license to use anhydrous. Used to be our law enforcement guys were "only" risking a shot gun when trying to control illegal alcohol production. Now between anhydrous and meth labs it's like a war zone...and if on the stuff, they can be crazy. It's the same stuff that was used in WWII to keep soldiers driven to press on without sufficient food and rest. In addition they are then ruining not only the brains of themselves, but the minds of the unborn and young children who are there when their parents make and use the stuff, thus lowering the next generation's chances of success. This is a tragedy for our entire society.

-- Posted by Jenny Moore on Wed, Apr 28, 2010, at 8:24 AM

It doesn't matter in Clay County because the courts will let em out for 6 months at least and they will be out doing it again!!Before the actual trial begins!!

-- Posted by CCmudman on Wed, Apr 28, 2010, at 11:12 AM

If the courts would start random testing these criminals after they r released on bond, they will get them back in a week or less. They aren't learning any lessons if they get to go out and do these things again while waiting trial. And I know for a fact that some of them are still active in this crime.

-- Posted by CCmudman on Wed, Apr 28, 2010, at 11:20 AM

if there is such a high wants for the ammonia then why dont farmers put some type of lock on it? just a hint

-- Posted by pitza on Wed, Apr 28, 2010, at 3:19 PM

That's why the system is so broken, because everyone relies on the money from these criminals. If the courts and police are profitting by letting these guys out to commit these and very possibly even more violent crimes, they are contributing to the crime and are accomplices. They are costing the state and county money for court appointed lawyers and housing and still profiting from allowing these guys to continue on the same criminal path. I dont care if it does pay the salaies of judges, police, lawyers... it also cost the taxpayers alot more than it pays, that is also disregarding public safety!!

-- Posted by CCmudman on Wed, Apr 28, 2010, at 9:51 PM

$84 a day is what the average cost is of incarcerating an individual. $30,660 a year to keep one behind bars. How about 10? 20? 50?

Do you really want to support all of them or do you want your tax dollars to go toward our schools, roads, public services, etc? Keep the very dangerous ones who prey upon other humans locked up. Put the drug addicts through rehab--it's cheaper and more effective. I'd love to know how law enforcement & the court profit from arresting and re-arresting. Can someone explain that to me?

-- Posted by Claycountian on Wed, Apr 28, 2010, at 10:06 PM

we have lockin gas caps ,, how about something like that ,, there is some places where the tanks are wide open ,, not sure anything would help,. but i will say this ,, the police force is doing a great job. i wasnt puttin down the farmers,, but ,, isnt there anything anybody can do to pervent it from happen,

-- Posted by pitza on Wed, Apr 28, 2010, at 11:19 PM

Many of the ammonia tanks have locks on them, but the thieves have found ways around them. These criminals are so desperate for their drug that they're going to find a way to make it no matter what roadblock is thrown up. I guess if anhydrous ammonia was illegal for farming it may stem the flow, but there are other, more difficult, ways to get this ingredient so even that wouldn't solve the problem for long.

Also, if you think that re-arresting these people somehow pays the police, you're wrong. I've seen the budgets (public record) for the county and city agencies and the police don't receive funding from them. If they seize some of the drug dealer's property they may get funds to help run the department but they receive nothing from the fines that they pay or the bond that they post. The courts receive money from the criminals in the way of court costs and fines, but nothing goes to the police. Freedom1, you seem to think you know so much about what is going on, then why not post some proof. It's easy to make groundless accusations but a little tougher to back it up with evidence.

-- Posted by snow on Thu, Apr 29, 2010, at 12:27 PM

freedumb said, "CCmudman you need to realize that law enforcement must re-arrest and re-arrest to make payroll, pay for the jail, new squad vehicles, and all the other crap that is must have,".

Freedumb, you are a liar and a moron if you believe what you posted.

-- Posted by I. M. Lee Thall, Esq. on Fri, Apr 30, 2010, at 3:30 PM

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