Crime Stoppers tips led to the arrests on Monday of two St. Landry Parish residents, one of whom is accused of stealing money from a youth baseball program and the other accused of cashing a fraudulent check for almost $3,000, St. Landry Parish Sheriff Bobby Guidroz said Tuesday.
Authorities received numerous tips and soon arrested Jason Arlen Deville, 732 Patty St. in Opelousas, and Samantha L. Kemp, 390 JW Deshotel Rd. in Washington, after releasing their photos and information on a most-wanted list posted to Facebook, Guidroz said in a news release.
Deville, 34, is accused of collecting $1,360 for uniforms, insurance and team fees as the leader of a volunteer youth baseball program that he soon abandoned before changing his phone number, the release stated.
Once parents notified the Sheriff’s Office of Deville’s disappearance, they also learned the team had never been registered with any league after parents paid dues to Deville on Jan. 6, according to the release.
Deville was released from the St. Landry Parish jail on Tuesday morning on a $1,500 bond, according to booking records.
Kemp, 24, is accused of cashing a counterfeit check for $2,998 at an Opelousas grocery store on Jan. 27, the release stated. The store owner identified Kemp in a photo-line-up as the woman who had cashed the check, according to the release.
Kemp remained in the St. Landry Parish jail on Tuesday afternoon in lieu of a $2,500 bond.