On Thursday morning, Dec. 5, two area residents were arrested after it was discovered they were part of a group that had stolen anhydrous ammonia from Crop Production Services on Campbellstown-Crawfordsville Road, west of Eaton.
According to Sheriff Mike Simpson, while on routine patrol at approximately 4:20 a.m., a deputy passed a vehicle that met the description of a suspicious vehicle complaint earlier in Eaton. After passing the vehicle, the deputy turned around to investigate further. At that point, the vehicle fled south on Wolverton Road.
Simpson reported, the deputy attempted to catch up to the vehicle and a few moments later, found it in a bean field on Ohio 122 West and Wolverton Road. Two subjects were standing outside of the vehicle and two had fled.
The deputy further observed a propane tank in the field that was emitting a white gas cloud, Simpson said. The deputy detained a male and a female. Further investigation determined that the cylinder in fact contained anhydrous ammonia which had just been stolen.
Gasper Twp. Fire Department responded to the scene to assist in the safe elimination of the ammonia. Deputies have arrested the following and housed them in the Preble County Jail.
Those arrested were:
Kailee M. Fabian, 21, of Eaton. Fabian faces charges of “Complicity to Theft of Anhydrous Ammonia,” a third degree felony; “Illegal Assembly of Chemicals to Manufacture Drugs,” a third degree felony; and “Drug Possession” (meth), a fifth degree felony.
Cody D. Osterberger, 22, of Somerville. Osterberger faces charges of “Complicity to Theft of Anhydrous Ammonia,” a third degree felony; “Illegal Assembly of Chemicals to Manufacture Drugs,” a third degree felony.
Both suspects are cooperated with deputies, Simpson said in a press release. The investigation will be forwarded to the Preble County Prosecutor for filing of official charges on the two suspects arrested, as well as the two suspects who fled, he noted.