By Glenn Collins
Thursday, June 21, 2012 | 1:06 PM
Rickey Lee Cowens, Jr., turned himself in to authorities in Double Springs Thursday afternoon.
Amid multiple reports Tuesday night and into Wednesday that Cowens had been seen alive and well in locations around Haleyville and into Mississippi, and that he had sent word to family that he was okay, an arrest warrant was issued for him in connection to the theft of cash from The Cave Monday night.
The Cave's owner, Kyle Hulsey, Wednesday, went to Double Springs to swear out a felony theft arrest warrant for Cowens. Hulsey took this action after learning from authorities that Cowens had been spotted several times in good health.
Hulsey praised all the law enforcement personnel who helped solve the matter. He especially wanted to thank DA Investigator Tommy Moore, ABI Special Agent Ken Donaldson, WCSO Investigator Billy Holland, HPD officers Dustin Witt, Eddie Collins and Heath Lewis, HPD Chief Kyle Reogas and HPD Lt. Tim Steien.
Hulsey added that he hates that this happened, but he is glad that Cowens is alive. Hulsey spoke with Cowens Thursday and advised him to surrender to authorities.