Raleigh resident, Joseph Carnavale probably had no idea he was going to run afowl of Raleigh's finest when he had the idea to build his roadside monster. Probably just sounded like fun. But John E. Law came a callin'. Yes he did. This from the site: "charged with misdemeanor larceny for allegedly building his orange monster from materials pilfered from a construction site. According to an arrest warrant, Carnevale "destroyed three road blocking barrels by cutting and screwing them together to form a statue." Police estimated that Carnevale's artwork caused $360 in damages to Hamlett Associates, the North Carolina construction company that owned the barrels." Glad my tax dollars are going toward hunting down vicious criminals like this! link Thanks Lindsay!
Update: I just read this story in the News and Observer (Raleigh paper) and in it I was surprised to find that the construction company didn't want to press charges and the project manager is quoted as saying: "Next time just ask for the barrels. The company would have handed them over. " and "I kind of wanted the Barrel Monster back," adding that the monster and maybe a clone around the construction zone would be more effective than the existing barrels in deterring traffic. So, what exactly is going on here? Seems like the only real crime committed was making the streets of Raleigh a little more safe. Let's let this kid off the hook, shall we?