ZACHARY — Police arrested a Zachary man Thursday after receiving a tip that he had a large amount of steel reinforcing rod in the back of his pickup, Police Chief David McDavid said.
When officers went to the front porch of the residence at 3448 Roosevelt St., they could see a large number of half-inch rebar curb pins matching the description of the material stolen from several construction sites in the Zachary area since April, McDavid said.
The steel is used in building concrete street curbs.
Officers also found two manhole covers in the truck worth about $300 each, McDavid said.
When officers questioned the owner of the truck, Kenny Franklin, 47, he admitted taking the material from a road construction job site at Zachary High School, McDavid said.
The school system is rebuilding Ada Street, an entrance to the school from Rollins Road, after buying property on both sides of the short street.
McDavid said the rebar is valued at 85 cents each, and officers counted 342 pieces in the truck.
Franklin was booked at Parish Prison with criminal trespass and felony theft.