Arkansas man arrested for Nacogdoches County burglary

Authorities believe possibly connected to burglaries near Houston

Arkansas man arrested for Nacogdoches County burglary
John Mejia (Source: Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office)

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - An Arkansas man has been arrested in connection to the burglary of a business in Nacogdoches County.

According to the Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office, 43-year-old John Mejia, of Mena, Arkansas, was arrested by Mena police on an arrest warrant issued from Nacogdoches County.

He was arrested for the burglary of a business on Highway 59 South on last Saturday.

According to the Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office, the suspect entered the business by breaking the glass in the front door. He then stole various items, including Eisenhower dollar coins and $2 bills, before leaving in white Chevrolet passenger car.

The burglary was caught on camera via the business' surveillance cameras.

The following day, the Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office shared the video with the public along with a description of the suspect in hopes of receiving tips that would lead to his identity and arrest.

That night, the sheriff’s office reported they received a tip from Mount Enterprise from a clerk who reported that a man matching the description of the suspect had just left the store and was possibly heading towards Arkansas.

Following this tip, the sheriff’s office worked the Mena Police Department in order to positively identify Mejia as the suspect. According to the Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s office, their detectives had learned that Mejia had left in residence in Mena on Dec. 31 and had been traveling through Texas. They also searched a national data base which linked Mejia to various Texas pawn shops.

NCSO reported once detectives were able to positively identify Mejia as the suspect, a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Mena police executed the arrest warrant after notifying the sheriff’s office that Mejia had returned to his residence. Mejia was taken into custody at about 9 p.m. Wednesday. Police then searched his residence and vehicle and recovered various items that are believed to be stolen, according to NSCO.

Mejia was booked into the Polk County jail in Arkansas and is charged with burglary of a building.

According to the Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office, based off their current investigation, Mejia is possibly connected to other burglaries in the Houston area as well. They reported that the investigation is still ongoing and more charges may be filed by other agencies.

The Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office reported Mejia has refused extradition back to Texas. At this time, the sheriff’s office is working with the Nacogdoches County District Attorney’s Office in order to obtain a Governor’s Warrant and have have Mejia extradited back to Nacogdoches County

In a press release, the Nacogdoches County Sheriff’s Office thanked the public for their aid in the investigation."

"We would like to thank to the public for their assistance in this case, and a special thank you to the clerks that work in Mt. Enterprise for contacting us. Your assistance has helped us capture a burglary suspect! "

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