43-year-okl Kardell Smith of Thibodaux was arrested after being caught red handed breaking into a coin operated machine Friday.
According to Thibodaux authorities, an officer patrolling the 400 block of St. Mary Street noticed a man digging inside a coin operated device at a local business on September 7, around 3:57 a.m.
That man was later identified as Kardell Smith.
Upon approaching Smith, he continued to rummage through the machine, while advising the officer that he had permission to be there from the owner.
Based on the officer’s obvious suspicion and knowledge of previous break ends and damage to the same coin operated machines, Smith was detained.
Smith was found to be in possession of a large amount of coins. The business owner later confirmed that no one had permission to be on the property or permission to tamper with any of the coin operated machines.
Smith was then arrested and transported to the Lafourche Parish Detention Center, where he refused to cooperate during booking. Smith was charged accordingly and awaits bond to be set.