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Sheriff: Pair charged with grand larceny in Ovid after attempting to steal ammonia to produce meth

On Wednesday at approximately 3:21 a.m., Seneca County Sheriff Sheriff Tim Luce says two subjects were arrested following the theft of anhydrous ammonia from a local farm in the Town of Ovid.

While on patrol, deputies were alerted by an employee of the farm that a male subject was in the process of loading the anhydrous ammonia from the farm tank to the suspect’s makeshift portable tank.

The male subject attempted to flee, but was quickly apprehended by deputies after a brief foot pursuit. Shortly thereafter, Luce says a traffic stop and identified both.

David S. Hildreth, 45, of Addison was charged with the following:

Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree, Class E Felony

Criminal Possession of Methamphetamine Manufacturing Materials in the Second Degree, a Class A Misdemeanor

Possession of Burglar’s Tools, a Class A Misdemeanor

Resisting Arrest, a Class A Misdemeanor

Conspiracy in the Fifth Degree, a Class A Misdemeanor



The driver : Robert D. Adams, 38, of Woodhull was charged with the following:

Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree, Class E Felony

Criminal Possession of Methamphetamine Manufacturing Materials in the Second Degree, a Class A Misdemeanor

Possession of Burglar’s Tools, a Class A Misdemeanor

Conspiracy in the Fifth Degree, a Class A Misdemeanor

Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs, an Unclassified Misdemeanor

Both Hildreth and Adams were arraigned in the Tyre Town Court and both were remanded to the Seneca County Correctional Facility without bail. They will reappear in the Tyre Town Court on April 9th, 2018 at 1 p.m.

Anhydrous Ammonia is extremely dangerous if handled incorrectly and is a gas commonly used in the cooking process to produce methamphetamine.

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