NAPOLEONVILLE — Deputies arrested a Baker man in the theft last month of a four-wheeler and dirt bike worth a combined $15,000, the Assumption Parish sheriff said Thursday.
Eric J. Smith Jr., 21, 706 Sherron Ave., Baker, was booked into the Assumption Parish Detention Center in Napoleonville on Nov. 8 with two counts of felony theft, Sheriff Mike Waguespack said in a news release.
Sheriff’s investigators reviewed video footage from businesses near a home in the 1600 block of La. 402 where the vehicles were taken Oct. 30 and spotted a newer model red Dodge pickup pulling the vehicles in a trailer, the sheriff said.
Investigators learned Smith was working on the La. 402 bridge making repairs.
He later confessed to taking the dirt bike and four-wheeler, which were returned with minimal damage, Waguespack said.
Baker and Zachary police and West Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s detectives assisted in the investigation.
Smith remained in jail early Thursday on a $10,000 bail, Waguespack said.