A 33-year-old man was arrested early Friday morning after New Orleans police said he was caught taking a steamroller from a closed construction site.
Travis Campbell was arrested just before 4 a.m. Friday (Aug. 11) at a construction site on the corner of Chef Menteur Highway and Michoud Boulevard, police said in a news release. Campbell told responding 7thDistrict officers he was an employee of the construction company and was following instructions to put fuel in the steamroller, the NOPD release said.
After contacting the owner of the company, officers were told Campbell has not worked for them for several years, police said. They also said Campbell failed to return the keys to the equipment when he was terminated.
Campbell would not say his reasons for taking the steamroller, according to the NOPD release.
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Campbell was booked into Orleans Justice Center jail Friday on charges of theft of motor vehicle valued at $1,500 or more, and illegal possession of stolen things, Orleans Parish online court records show. Bond and attorney information were not immediately available.
He previously pleaded guilty in December 2010 to aggravated assault with a firearm and received a three-year suspended sentence and three years active probation, records show. Online records show he also pleaded guilty to domestic abuse battery in December 2010, receiving a six-month suspended sentence and six months inactive probation.
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