Authorities: Couple arrested after video shows theft of meat


Two people were apprehended after authorities with the Izard County Sheriff’s Office say a video captured the suspects breaking into a Melbourne barn and stealing meat from a freezer inside.

The victim reported the break-in as it was in progress, having “live” video surveillance of his property, and authorities say he witnessed the crime take place.

The suspects fled the property and were apprehended a few miles from the scene, a release from the sheriff’s office noted.

The couple, identified as Stephen Scott McCurley (pictured above, left), 47, and Amber Louise Goodwin (right), 36, both of Wideman, was in possession of over 50 pounds of meat. That did not include some meat that was thrown from the vehicle prior to their arrest.

The couple is now formally charged with felony breaking and entering, theft of property, and tampering with evidence.

In addition, McCurley was charged with displaying a fictitious license plate and no proof of liability insurance. He was also served with a parole/probation violation warrant.

McCurley is currently being held under no bond and has a Feb. 18 court date in Izard County Circuit Court along with a March 4 date in district court on the traffic misdemeanors.

Goodwin has to also appear in circuit court on Feb. 18. Her bail was set at $5,000 professional bond, according to the sheriff’s office.

Images via Izard County Sheriff’s Office

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