Two arrested in Hemphill break-in

Jun 13, 2014
John Cleveland Meris Jr.

Two Canton men have been arrested 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 arrested is 56-year-old John Cleveland Meris, of Carson Street, Canton. He has been charged with felony breaking and entering, larceny, possession of stolen goods and conspiracy.  He is being jailed in lieu of $40,000 secured bond and has a June 25 court date.

The case remains under investigation, and additional arrests and charges are expected.