Three People Arrested in Connection to Water Theft

Thursday, May 10, 2018


Three people are behind bars in connection with stealing water service in Etowah County. Investigators say Justin Stapler, Sandra Johnson and Barry Payne manipulated a locked water meter on a house on McClain Avenue to allow water to flow to the house. The theft of services happened after the Northeast Etowah Water Co-op placed a lock on the meter, turning the water off to the home. 


All 3 suspects were taken to the Etowah County Detention Center where Johnson and Payne were later released. Stapler is still there and is facing additional charges form another agency. 


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