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.