Three Clay County deputies and an agent from the Iowa Division of Narcotics Enforcement are recovering from minor injuries after trying to stop two men caught stealing anhydrous ammonia.
A location less than 2 miles west of Peterson was under surveillance as part of a stolen anhydrous ammonia investigation Wednesday evening. A car driven by 22-year-old Dustin William Coates pulled on to the property at about 9:45 p.m. Officers watched as Coates and his passenger, 34-year-old Ryan Michael Bainbridge of Paullina went to the area of the farmstead where anhydrous ammonia is stored.
The chemical is a common ingredient for the clandestine manufacture of methamphetamine.
"Bainbridge proceeded to steal an undetermined amount of anhydrous ammonia," a statement from Chief Deputy Brad Hawley said. "With the anhydrous ammonia stored in a plastic pitcher, Bainbridge handed the pitcher to Coates and both made their way toward their car."
Officers intercepted the two and when confronted, Coates threw the pitcher into the air and ran a short distance before being placed on the ground. Bainbridge also attempted to escape but was captured and secured almost immediately.
Read more of this story in the September 26th Pilot Tribune.