SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — Authorities say $60,000 in missing Shreveport property has been found in Texas.

Sgt. Lonny Haschel, of the Texas Highway Patrol, tells The Times the equipment — which includes water meters — ended up as scrap metal in Marshall, Texas.

Haschel says officers were performing routine checks of the scrap yards which keep records when the missing property was found.

Police say Cartrie Washington Jr., a six-year employee of Shreveport's Department of Water and Sewerage, is accused of stealing the equipment and taking it across state lines to sell it. The 34-year-old Washington was arrested Dec. 12 on a felony theft charge. He remains in the Caddo Correctional Center.

Washington's case went to court Dec. 15 when he was appointed a public defender.

His bond is set at $70,000.

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