published Wednesday, October 10th, 2012

Alabama man arrested on theft, failure-to-appear charges

An Alabama man being sought after failing to appear in court is facing an additional theft charge after being apprehended.

Johnny Lewis Payne, 38, is facing a first-degree theft of property charge in connection with a stolen ATV in Jackson County, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office. He also is facing a failure to appear charge after he didn’t show up in court to face a contempt of court charge, the release said.

Payne is in Jackson County Jail, where he remains without bond, the release said.

On Wednesday, a sheriff’s investigator went to the Greens Chapel community to gather information about the stolen ATV. He found the vehicle in a barn, then located Payne in an abandoned van near the barn, the release said.

During a search, a small amount of methamphetamine was found on Payne, the release said, and more charges against him may be forthcoming.

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