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Friday, July 16, 2021

Marion County couple arrested for trespassing on construction

A Marion County couple is being charged with grand theft and trespassing after being seen on an active home construction site without permission.

On July 14, a woman reports that she observed a pickup truck in front of her home which was under active construction. The woman says she saw people inside the home shining flashlights and loading materials into the bed of a truck, according to a Marion County Sheriff’s report.

Marion County Sheriff’s Office responded with Air One helicopter assistance and observed two people getting into a vehicle and trying to leave. Shortly thereafter, a deputy responded to the location and made contact with Craig McLeod and Christina Melton, who were sitting in a vehicle.

The defendants claim they were having trouble with their vehicle and stopped at the location to make repairs, according to the report.

Lumber from the construction site appeared to be moved and was found near the defendants’ vehicle, the report states.

Melton claims they were driving the back roads in the area and having sex. She says they stopped at the location because they were having trouble with the transmission. Melton says she held a flashlight for McLeod while he tried to work on the vehicle. Melton admits she went inside the residence but claimed it was to “look around.” Melton claims she did not see McLeod walking around the home or carrying lumber, according to the report.

Marion County couple arrested for trespassing on construction
Christina Melton and Craig McLeod

McLeod said he walked around the rear of the home but claims he did not remove any lumber from the pile, the report states.

Melton and McLeod were arrested and transported to the Marion County Jail.

Melton faces a bond set at $10,000, while McLeod faces a bond set at $14,000. Melton is charged with grand theft and trespassing and McLeod is charged with grand theft, trespassing and burglary.