New Search Underway For Man Who Stole Deputy’s Car

(Covington, TN) A search is underway in Covington, Tenn., for a man who stole a Lauderdale County deputy’s patrol vehicle.

The Covington campus of Dyersburg Community College was placed on lock down because of the search.

Early Wednesday, authorities reported that a cell phone belonging to Stephen Melton, who is now on the TBI “Top-Ten Most Wanted” list, was found in a wooded area in Covington.

Later in the day, however, Chief Donna Turner said his cell phone had not been found.

Melton was arrested January 11 after a meth lab, guns, and pipe bombs were found in his home.

Investigators say Melton kicked out a car window and took off in it.

The vehicle was later found abandoned.

Melton is considered armed and dangerous.

If you have information  call TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND (1-800-824-3463) or the Lauderdale County Sheriff’s Department at 731-413-7499.

There is a $1,000 reward for information leading to his arrest.