For nearly a year, Darrin Robinson had been on the lam from allegations that he partook in a plot to steal New Orleans Sewerage & Water Board brass fittings and sell them to local scrapyards while working for the agency, police allege.
But his run came to an end when he tried to take a cruise to the western Caribbean on Thursday morning, according to New Orleans police.
A federal customs official checking passengers aboard the Carnival Triumph — set to sail from New Orleans on Wednesday — learned Robinson may have been wanted on a local warrant accusing him of theft of metals as well as misconduct in government office.
New Orleans police then confirmed Robinson was indeed wanted on those counts. Police arrested him, took him off the ship and booked him into New Orleans' jail.
He was later released on a $10,000 recognizance bond.
Robinson was among 10 Sewerage & Water Board employees who together stole more than 34,000 pounds of brass intended for residential water meters during roughly three years beginning in 2013.
The stolen equipment cost the city about $526,000, according to a New Orleans Inspector General's Office probe. The defendants — who have all since left the agency — earned just $41,000 by selling it, the probe found.
Authorities obtained warrants to arrest Robinson and the others implicated in the case in early December 2016.
Staff writer Matt Sledge contributed to this report.