Deputies: Man admits to stealing 4-wheeler and dirt bike

Eric Smith Jr. (Source: Assumption Parish Sheriff's Office)
Eric Smith Jr. (Source: Assumption Parish Sheriff's Office)

NAPOLEONVILLE, LA (WAFB) - Authorities said surveillance video helped lead them to a man suspected of stealing a four-wheeler and dirt bike from a home and then he allegedly confessed to the crime during questioning.

The Assumption Parish Sheriff's Office reported Eric Smith Jr., 21, of Baker, was taken into custody Wednesday.

Sheriff Mike Waguespack said the ATVs, valued at about $15,000, were reported stolen from a home on LA 402 in Napoleonville on October 30. He added both items were recovered and had minimal damage to them.

He said detectives reviewed video footage captured by businesses and saw a newer model, red Dodge truck pulling a trailer from the area. Detectives believed the stolen equipment could be in that trailer and they said further investigation led them to identify Smith as a suspect.

According to reports, he had been working in the area making repairs to a bridge on LA 402.

Smith was booked into the Assumption Parish Detention Center on two counts of felony theft. His bond was set at $10,000.

APSO reported the Baker Police Department, Zachary Police Department and West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office assisted in the investigation.

Detectives are still investigating the thefts and ask that anyone with information about the crime to call 985-526-1627 or 985-369-2912.

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