Downtown parking meters vandalized
POSTED: Friday, April 15, 2011 - 1:45pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 15, 2011 - 1:51pm
Baton Rouge, La (NBC33) —
THIS IS AN NBC33 NEWS UPDATE
Marcus Wayne Smith, 39, has been arrested in conjunction with a rash of parking meters and were destroyed and robbed in downtown Baton Rouge.
Police found Smith on April 15 at around 1:30 a.m. tampering with parking meters on the 200 block of North Street. He fled on foot to avoid the police.
Officers in a police helicopter spotted the man banging a meter on concrete in a vacant lot in the 600 block of North Street.
He has been charged with 42 counts of Felony Theft and 42 counts of Criminal Damage to Coin-Operated Devices.
Each meter he destroyed was valued at $350, which brings the total amount of meters destroyed to $14,700. Officials still don’t know the amount money stolen from the meters themselves.
-- Parking meters have become the new target for thieves in downtown Baton Rouge.
Over two dozen meters were smashed and emptied of their coins. BRPD believes the crooks are using a sledge hammer or similar blunt object to knock them off their poles and clean them out.
They believe the crime is being committed in the middle of the night.
If you know anything about the person or persons responsible, call Crime Stoppers 344-STOP (7867).