Brothers arrested in fire suppression valve theft
HAMMOND- Brothers are accused of running a valve theft ring that targeted fire suppression devices on the sides of buildings.
Jason Flattman, 31, and John Flattman, 36, are charged with felony theft related to various brass valves going missing from buildings in Tangipahoa Parish. Since October 4, business have reported thefts of the valves which are valued at more than $800.
The valves are required for buildings and assist firefighters in battling a fire. The valves connect pipes inside and the sprinkler system inside the building with a fire truck outside.
Investigators checked scrap yards where they found valves and a log that showed the two brothers sold the valves to scrap businesses.
More charges could be filed. There have been similar reports of valve thefts in other areas of the region. None were reported in Baton Rouge, although fire departments had been warned about what was going on and were inspecting valves.
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