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18-year-old captured while allegedly trying to steal a forklift

An 18-year-old Jasper Parish Drive man was arrested while reportedly driving a stolen forklift along Lawn Avenue off Military Road about 3:45 a.m. Tuesday.

Luis Vargas was charged with third-degree grand larceny, third-degree criminal possession of stolen property, obstruction of governmental administration for allegedly trying to flee and third-degree unauthorized use of a vehicle. The forklift was allegedly stolen from the parking lot of the Lawn Street Community Center a short time before his arrest, according to a police report.