Arrest made in motorcycle theft


A man wanted in connection with a theft ring involving several counties has been captured.

Ronald Kelley Haynes, 38, was arrested Saturday and charged with receiving stolen property first degree, reckless driving and attempting to elude.

Haynes, whose residence is listed as Oneonta in court records, is being held in Walker County Jail on $250,000 cash bond.

Haynes fled from Walker County Sheriff Office Investigator Jason Bridges and Patrol Deputy Tony Reid on Nov. 5 when they went to a Parrish residence as a result of the investigation.

Several stolen items were in plain view, including a 2019 Yamaha motorcycle that was reported stolen from Smith Brothers of Oneonta, a motorsports dealership. 

Haynes arrived at the residence on a stolen dirt bike and fled when he encountered Bridges and Reid.

Bridges secured felony warrants for Haynes. 

Haynes' arrest was part of an investigation that resulted in the recovery and return of countless stolen items throughout north Alabama. 

The Eagle previously reported on the arrests of Christopher "Rabbit" Odom, 35, of Jasper, and Christopher Pickle, 31, of Cordova, for being connected to a theft ring that involved Walker and several other counties. The stolen items in that case included a John Deere tractor taken from Cordova on Oct. 19, a Honda CBR sport bike taken from Jasper on Oct. 20 and a Chevy truck taken on Oct. 21.