A machine repair technician was arrested Wednesday on a charge of stealing more than $1,000 worth of equipment from a Cazens plant in southwest Georgia.

Police said an investigation revealed that an employee of the Cazenes, located in Atlanta, had stolen equipment worth up to $1.5 million from the plant in the early 2000s.

An employee was charged with stealing a machine from a factory.

“We believe the stolen equipment was stolen from a subcontractor of the company,” Georgia Department of Public Safety Public Information Officer Brandon Williams said.

Investigators have determined that the employee had taken the machines to a warehouse in the city of Cazene, located on Interstate 285 just north of Atlanta.

They said he later brought the stolen machines back to the plant, and when workers were supposed to return the equipment, the machine was not returned.

Police said they also believe that the stolen items may have been stolen from another Cazes facility in the same state, which could mean that more stolen equipment may be in Georgia.

The Cazans also own two factories in Georgia that produce components for various kinds of electrical equipment, including heat pumps and power transformers.

The company’s name has changed from Cazeneration Inc. to Cazenzymes.

Georgia’s Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services is investigating the theft.