- Associated Press - Friday, October 31, 2014

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Police and fire authorities are expanding their investigation into a recent string of fire sprinkler thefts across southeast Louisiana.

State Fire Marshal Butch Browning says thefts of the brass sprinklers are on the rise, as the devices can be sold at recycling centers for several hundred dollars apiece.

He says the investigation began earlier this month after Kenner officials notified his office about devices stolen from a theater, a department store and Ochsner Medical Center.

Browning said Thursday Ponchatoula brothers, John and Jason Flattmann, were caught on separate surveillance footage prying sprinklers off the side of a Metairie condominium building and later selling the devices at scrap yards.

The Advocate reports (https://bit.ly/1zQVckT ) the men were arrested last week on unrelated theft charges.

It was unclear whether they have an attorney.

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Information from: The Advocate, https://theadvocate.com

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