On Tuesday, the Gage County Sheriff’s Office and the Southeast Area Drug Enforcement (SEADE) responded to 10387 East Elm Road in reference to theft of anhydrous ammonia. According to the reporting party, Stanley Lenners, he had caught an unknown suspect stealing anhydrous ammonia from a tank located on his property. Lenners advised the deputy he did chase that suspect for a short while before losing him in a field to the north of his residence.
A vehicle stop was conducted on a vehicle believed to be involved in the theft. A search of the vehicle led Sheriff’s deputies to find numerous items connected to the manufacturing of methamphetamine. The driver of the vehicle, 52 year old Antonio Quint of Beatrice, was arrested for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Methamphetamine, and Attempt to Manufacture Methamphetamine.
The suspect that was chased into the field by Lenners was not found. Due to the fact the suspect might have been potentially dangerous; a call was placed by the Emergency Notification System (ENS) to inform the surrounding residents of the situation.
On Wednesday, Gage County Communications received a call from the resident at South 80th Road and Hickory Road informing them that there was a strange person at their door requesting assistance. Upon arrival, Deputy Kubicek observed Daniel Hile, age 40, of Beatrice. Hile was arrested for the above charges due to his fleeing the area the night previous where methamphetamine was being manufactured and anhydrous ammonia was taken. Hile was transported to the Gage County Detention Center where he is being held.