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Two charged with stealing ammonia

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By Vince Luecke

ST. MEINRAD – Police said three men, two of them Perry County residents, stole anhydrous ammonia from a St. Meinrad farm cooperative Friday night and attempted to flee into Perry County before being stopped.

Charles L. Faust, 44, of Branchville; Bryan Jarboe, 44, of Bristow and Shannon L. Baker, 28, of Parrotsville, Tenn., were jailed on charges of theft of anhydrous ammonia and other meth and weapons-related offenses.

Spencer County Deputy Brandon Dickson and Reserve Deputy Mike Miles were patrolling St. Meinrad just after after 11:30 p.m. Friday when they noticed a Chevrolet S-10 truck pull out of Superior Ag Resources and travel south on Second Street. The deputies allege the driver, later identified as Jarboe, disregarded the stop sign at the intersection of Second Street and County Road 1950 N. and began heading east toward Perry County.

Dickson attempted to stop the truck, but Jarboe allegedly fled for a stop distance, during which a container holding anhydrous ammonia was thrown from the truck. The vehicle was stopped at the intersection of County Road 245 and County Road 42. Deputies noticed Faust lying in the bed of the truck. He allegedly ran a short distance before being captured by Miles.

Police said Jarboe had a .22-caliber rifle in his possession but did not have a permit for the weapon.

Baker, who allegedly gave officers a fictitious name before disclosing his real identity, was wanted on warrants in Perry and Vanderburgh counties. He allegedly led Tell City police officers on a nighttime pursuit in January. He allegedly fled on foot after crashing the car he was driving.

Police said Faust was also wanted on outstanding warrants.

The container holding anhydrous ammonia was located. State police and the Perry County Sheriff’s Department assisted.