Meter thieves cause $10,000 in damage
BATON ROUGE - Police are searching for the person who smashed 30 parking meters off their poles, destroying them and stealing about $300 in coins.
Investigators believe the person or people used a hammer to smash the meters off the poles, then took some of the meters to other locations to take the money out of them.
It has happened all over Downtown Baton Rouge: on River Road, North Boulevard, and Tuesday morning near the Louisiana Arts and Sciences Museum.
The damage will cost the Department of Public Works more than $10,000 to repair.
Investigators are reviewing security video to determine who is responsible for the burglaries over the past couple of weeks. They will be charged with at least 30 counts of burglary, one for every meter.