KATC is hearing from the owner of an Acadia Parish gun shop, Bullets and Bows, who now has closure on a cold case. In 2002, dozens of weapons were stolen from his store, and they were never recovered until now.
Acting on a tip, deputies pulled more than 30 weapons from the water near the pontoon bridge in Estherwood. It’s a sight the store owner, Kenny Quibideaux, thought he would never see.
“They had broken into the store. They used some type of hydraulic system to get inside. They pried the burglar bars apart, got in, stole 52 guns. From that point on, it’s been a cold case ever since,” Quibideaux said.
He said the theft of more than 40 thousand dollars in merchandise almost put him out of business.
“It was very hard. I actually hard to remortgage my home to stay in business,” he said.
He had always heard the person responsible got scared and threw the guns in the water.
“They didn’t let it die, but unfortunately, the statute of limitations has run out, so they can’t do anything to the person, and that’s what’s sad,” he said.
He said the water had been searched before, but nothing was found.
“I appreciate the sheriff’s department for never giving up,” Quibideaux expressed.
As for the weapons, they will have to be destroyed. Quibideaux had to clean the guns to get a look at the serial numbers, so he could report they’d been found.