Johnnie Beamen Nettles, Jr., the 32-year-old half-brother of country music megastar and Douglas native Jennifer Nettles was arrested this week after allegedly stealing a $17 pair of tennis shoes from Wal-Mart. This most recent arrest comes just months after Nettles was charged by drug agents with possession of methamphetamine at a local motel.
According to an incident report obtained through the Douglas Police Department, Nettles was arrested Tuesday after Wal-Mart personnel detained him and another individual, 32-year-old Stefanie Lynn Adams of Douglas. Both Nettles and Adams were charged with one count of misdemeanor theft by shoplifting and taken to the Coffee County Jail.
Nettles was out on bond following a June 2014 arrest for possession of methamphetamine. In that incident, Nettles was located in a room at The Fountain Inn motel where authorities discovered, among other items, a quantity of methamphetamine, a digital scale, and a pill bottle containing empty palstic bags commonly used to package drugs. Another individual, Beverly Ann Crawford, was also arrested during the same incident and charged with one count of possession of methamphetamine and one count of possession of a Schedule IV controlled substance.
Nettles also found himself on the wrong side of the law in April of this year when he was cited for theft of services after allegedly stealing city electricity.
According to sources close to the pending drug case, Nettles was ordered to attend long-term drug rehab as a condition of his bond. As of Thursday afternoon, he remained in the Coffee County Jail.