BATON ROUGE (WBRZ) - Police arrested a city-parish worker Tuesday in Baton Rouge after they said he drove off with a brand-new tractor and hid it in the woods.
Detectives arrested Watson Williams III, 34, of Baton Rouge on suspicion of theft of a motor vehicle.
"The tractor was loaded onto a trailer and stolen," said David Guillory, Department of Public Works director. "I take tax dollars seriously. We're paid with tax dollars. Equipment we buy is used with tax dollars."
Investigators said on Sept. 20, Williams went to the City Parish Central Garage where he worked and drove the new tractor, worth around $45,000, off the property. He then came back later to where the tractor was parked and loaded it on a trailer, driving it out to family property in Wilson where he hid it in the woods.
Police said on Nov. 8 they were told by the East Feliciana Parish Sheriff's Office that some hunters had found the tractor, which still had the city parish tags on it.
Officers booked Williams into the parish jail Tuesday afternoon. Police are also looking at another suspect in this case.