One Canton man has been arrested and another is wanted in a breaking and entering that resulted in the theft of more than $150,000 in money and jewelry from a home in the Hemphill community Wednesday.
James Cleveland Meris, 32, of Canton was arrested and charged with felony breaking and entering, larceny, conspiracy, and possession of stolen property. He was also charged with felony obtaining property by false pretense and misdemeanor resisting arrest.
James Meris was jailed Thursday night in lieu of $50,000 secured bond. He was released from custody after posting bond Friday afternoon. His court date is set for June 25.
Also wanted in the incident is 56-year-old John Cleveland Meris, of Carson Street, Canton. He is described as a white male, approximately 5’9” tall, weighing about 140 pounds, with gray hair and brown eyes. He is believed to be driving a green Ford F-250 4×4 truck. Anyone with any information as to his whereabouts is asked to contact the Haywood County Sheriff’s Office at (828) 452-6666.
The case remains under investigation, and additional arrests and charges are expected.