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Slidell panhandler packing $800 cash when arrested for peeing in public

Police say the man was allowed to keep his "earnings." (Source: Slidell PD) Police say the man was allowed to keep his "earnings." (Source: Slidell PD)
Franklin Jones, 59 (Source: Slidell Police Dept.) Franklin Jones, 59 (Source: Slidell Police Dept.)
SLIDELL, LA (WVUE) -

A homeless man was found with $800 in cash after Slidell police arrested him for public drunkenness and urinating in public.

On May 21, 59-year-old Franklin Jones was panhandling at the intersection of Gause and I-10, where police say he had been doing so for more than a year. At some point, police say Jones became intoxicated and stumbled into the roadway, stole a shopping cart from a nearby store and urinated on the side of the road in front of several people.

A woman with her children in tow saw Jones and called police.

FOX 8 learned of Jones' arrest in a lengthy Slidell Police Department Facebook post on the problem of homelessness and panhandling. You can read the post here.

We have a call into the department to find out if Jones remains jailed, but have not yet heard back. Police say he was allowed to keep his $800.

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