Last Modified: Friday, July 20, 2012 10:28 AM
MONROE (AP) — Ouachita Parish sheriff's deputies are investigating the theft of about 10,000 water meters belonging to the city of Monroe.
Maj. Jason Pleasant tells the News-Star the meters were stolen from a warehouse and are valued at about $75,000.
No arrests have been made so far.
"We're following every lead right now," Pleasant said. "They were the older meters the city is in the process of taking down."
Monroe Mayor Jamie Mayo said the theft should not affect the ongoing installation of newer meters.
Tom Janway, Monroe's public works director, said the new meters have more advanced features than the ones that were stolen.
"These thefts are unfortunate but won't affect the new meters," Janway said.
Earlier this month, the city announced its automated water meter project was about 86 percent complete, with almost all residential meters replaced.
Janway speculated the thieves may have taken the older meters because of their brass content.