Four DPW workers arrested in EBR for fuel theft
BATON ROUGE - Police arrested four Department of Public Works employees in East Baton Rouge Parish in suspicion of stealing gas from city-parish fueling stations.
According to the EBR Mayor-President's Office, police arrested Ensley Joseph, Rodney Maxwell, Joyce Gatlin, and Lawrence Smith this morning.
Interim Public Works Director David Guillory said they first suspected something was up when Joseph was seen filling a gas can up several times while he was also fueling a city-parish vehicle.
"We looked at his fuel reports, and something wasn't right," Guillory said.
Joseph told DPW officials the vehicle was getting extremely low gas mileage, so they changed vehicles out. However, Guillory said Joseph continued to keep fueling up gas cans while also filling his city-parish vehicle. Additionally, a GPS device on his truck showed he wasn't working some of the time he said he was on his timesheets.
The investigation led to other fuel checks, and Guillory said they found Smith, Maxwell and Gatlin were all filling up gas cans as well.
He said all four employees are being processed for termination, and that Joseph also faces a charge of payroll fraud.