Two men were arrested for stealing anhydrous ammonia from a farm in Cayuga County to use for the manufacturing of methamphetamine.
33-year-old Casey D. Aldrich of Elkland, Pennsylvania, and 34-year-old Timothy E. Hickey of Corning are charged with felony grand larceny and possession of burglar??s tools in connection to the theft.
Cayuga County Sheriff??s Office say a property owner on Shields Road in the Town of Venice reported that he had witnessed a suspicious van repeatedly driving past his farm on Thursday.
Deputies say that after the property owner discovered that his anhydrous ammonia tanks had been tampered, he followed the van into Tompkins County where it was eventually located and stopped by the Tompkins County Sheriff??s Department.
Cayuga County deputies learned from the people in the van that a second van was involved, which was subsequently located and stopped.
A police investigation determined that two of the four people interviewed by police had been involved in the theft of anhydrous ammonia on Shields Road and that the ammonia was to be used for the manufacturing of methamphetamine.
Deputies say the other two persons involved had only come to the area to assist when the thieves?? vehicle became temporarily disabled.
Aldrich and Hickey were arraigned in the Town of Venice Court. Aldrich, who is currently on parole in Pennsylvania, his being held without bail. Hickey was remanded to the Cayuga County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash or $10,000 bond.