On Wednesday, May 26, Detectives with the North Vernon Police Department were assisted by deputies with the Jennings County Sheriff’s Department with making an arrest for an robbery that occurred in North Vernon.

The arrest stemmed from a robbery that occurred on the evening of April 19 at the Sunoco Gas Station on N State Street. The event reported that a white male wearing a mask had entered the store, displayed a handgun and demanded cash. After receiving an unspecified amount of money the suspect left the store.

Early this morning, Deputy Ian McPherson with the Jennings County Sheriff’s Department received confidential information naming a possible suspect in the robbery. McPherson contacted Detectives Ivory Sandefur and Nick Megel with the North Vernon City Police. The team went to an address in Country Squire Lakes and interviewed Nicholas Payne, 19. During the interview Payne admitted to being the suspect and recounted details of the event that matched the original report.

The firearm used in the robbery was recovered by investigators. Additional information was also obtained which tied Payne to a burglary of a business in Jefferson County. Mr. Payne was transported to the Jennings County Jail where he was initially charged with Armed Robbery (Level 2 Felony). The investigation continues and other charges are possible.

Payne was arrested and taken to the Jennings County Jail. Det. Megel stated “This is an example of both departments working for the greater good of the community.”

Sheriff Kenny Freeman said that he is proud to have such a good working relationship with other police agencies and without that relationship realizes the difficulties in would impose.

Charging information:

1. Robbery ( aggravated — armed with a deadly weapon) Level 2 felony