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          JAMES MECHE


A Louisiana man and his family apparently invited themselves into a home in Melbourne Sunday night to watch the Super Bowl and afterwards items were discovered missing. Around 10:00 pm. Sunday night Deputy Mike Foster responded to the home of Donnie Byram to take a report from Shane And Tonya Moser, invited guest in the home, who stated that they were missing  $60 and a credit card. Donnie Byram, the home owner, reported that two rolls of quarters ($20.00) was taken from his truck parked at the house.

A video of a man, later identified as James Allen Meche, Jr., age 34 of Church Point, Louisiana reviewed at a Melbourne convenience store, and showed a credit card being used to pay for fuel.  Bryam said the man in the video was the man in his home and also the truck shown at the gas pumps matched the truck the man in his home was driving.

It was also determined that the same credit card was used to purchase food at a Melbourne drive-in during the same period of time. Within twelve hours of the initial call to the sheriff’s department, Lieutenant Charles Melton had Meche in custody and in jail.

Sheriff Tate Lawrence said Meche, who has warrants out of Louisiana, is charged with two counts of breaking or entering, class “d” felonies; theft of property, a class “d” felony; theft of property, a class “a” misdemeanor; and two counts of fraudulent use of a credit card, a class “a” misdemeanor. Meche remains in the Izard County DetentionFacility in lieu of $20,000 cash bond.


News Release, For Immediate Release, February 8, 2016, POC: Sheriff Tate Lawrence. 8703684203


Note: Picture of Meche provided

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