North Vernon man arrested for robbery


Detectives from the North Vernon Police Department with assistance from the Jennings County Sheriff’s Department made an arrest Monday for a robbery that occurred last month.

Nicholas Payne, 19, of North Vernon faces a charge of aggravated robbery while armed with a deadly weapon, a Level 2 felony, according to a news release from North Vernon Sgt. Andrew Richmond.

The arrest stems from a robbery April 19 at Sunoco, 765 N. State St., North Vernon.

The man involved in that incident was wearing a mask when he entered the store, displayed a handgun and demanded cash, police said. He left the store after receiving an unspecified amount of money.

On Monday morning, Jennings County Officer Ian McPherson received information about a possible suspect in the robbery. McPherson and North Vernon detectives Ivory Sandefur and Nick Megel went to an address in Country Squire Lakes, where they found and interviewed Payne.

After questioning, Payne admitted to being the suspect and recounted details about the incident that matched the original report. He was arrested and taken to the Jennings County Jail in North Vernon.

“This is an example of both departments working for the greater good of the community,” Megel said.

A Level 2 felony carries a sentence of 10 to 30 years in prison with an advisory sentence of 17½ years upon conviction.

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