Sheriff: uninvited Super Bowl guest accused of theft

Sheriff: uninvited Super Bowl guest accused of theft

MELBOURNE, AR (KAIT) - A local sheriff states that items disappeared after a man and his family invited themselves into a home for a Super Bowl party.

On Sunday night, around 10 o'clock, an Izard County sheriff's deputy was called to the Melbourne home after some guests, who were actually invited by the homeowner, reported missing $60 and a credit card.

The homeowner also reported that two rolls of quarters worth $20 were taken from his truck.

Sheriff Tate Lawrence says a man identified as James Allen Meche, Jr., 34, of Church Point, LA was seen on video at a Melbourne convenience store using a credit card to pay for gas. He also used the same card to pay for food at a Melbourne drive-in.

The homeowner told investigators the man in the video was the man in his home. The truck shown at the gas pumps also matched the truck the man was driving.

Within 12 hours investigators arrested Meche, Lawrence states.

Meche is charged with two counts of breaking or entering, two counts of theft of property and two counts of fraudulent use of a credit card. The sheriff adds that Meche has warrants out of Louisiana as well.

Meche is in the Izard County Detention Facility in lieu of $20,000 cash bond.

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