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Suspect auto thief already in custody

By Bayne Hughes
hughes@decaturdaily.com 340-2432

While looking at a list of recently charged Decatur City Jail inmates, Investigator John Cook realized a suspect in an auto theft case was right within his grasp.

Billy Wayne Milam, 30, of 56 Harold Drive, Decatur, is a suspect in a case in which he allegedly acted as a mechanic but then sold his client's vehicle to a local scrap yard without her permission.

Cook said he charged Milam with first-degree theft. He does not have a bond.

In November, Cheryl Humphries of Decatur reported that she took her 1992 Nissan to Milam for repairs. She said he told her that the car needed a new fuel pump.

She got suspicious after about 90 days and called the police, but Milam was nowhere to be found.

She found her vehicle, minus its wheels, gas tank and stereo equipment, at A&S Metals on Alabama 24. Cook then issued a felony warrant for Milam's arrest.

Cook said Milam has been in jail for the past month on unrelated charges of probation violation, failure to appear in court and five counts of failure to pay fines.

Traffic officers arrested Milam on Jan. 16.

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