A Mississippi man is accused of stealing a Mardi Gras float from the Northshore.
Orlando K. Lyons, of Biloxi, Mississippi, is wanted on suspicion of felony theft, according to the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office.
Investigators said the float was stolen from the Lions Club in Covington Sunday. The Sheriff’s Office received a report Monday that the 25-foot-long float had been stolen from the Lions Club property.
According to the Sheriff’s Office, officials made a Facebook post the same day asking the public to be on the lookout for the float, which was later found undamaged at a home on Walnut Street in Slidell.
Lyons was identified as a suspect as the investigation continued, officials said.
Investigators determined that Lyons had removed the float from the Lions Club parking lot Sunday evening to take the float to Biloxi.
Lyons was on the way to Mississippi when the vehicle he was driving to tow the float had a mechanical failure, officials said.
Lyons asked a relative in the Slidell area for assistance, officials said.
Investigators said the relative contacted the Sheriff’s Office Monday after discovering the float had been reported stolen.
Detectives said they have been in communication with Lyons who claims he rented/bought the float.
Lyons has not met with investigators in person.
Lyons is wanted on an arrest warrant.
Additional details were not released.Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 985-276-1351.