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Deputies search for person responsible for theft at Abbeville gun shop

Posted at 3:34 PM, Dec 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-26 16:34:34-05

Deputies are searching for a suspect responsible for the theft of guns at an Abbeville gun shop.

The Vermilion Parish Sheriff’s Office says that several weapons from Duhon’s Gun Shop were stolen early Wednesday morning. The stolen items have been located but a suspect is still at large.

According to Vermilion Parish Sheriff Mike Couvillon at around 5:30 a.m. Wednesday a call was received from the owner of Duhon’s Gun Shop in regards to an alarm activation and noise coming from inside the gun shop.

Two patrol vehicles responded and a perimeter was established and Abbeville Police Department responded with their K-9 to begin tracking.

During tracking, a bag and a bicycle were recovered near the edge of a sugar cane field near the gun shop. Sheriff Couvillon says that all guns that were taken from the gun shop have been located and accounted for.

An aerial search of the area and a ground search of buildings was also conducted.

Residents in the area are asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 337-898-4402 if they see anything suspicious.

Surveillance video from the gun shop provided an image of the suspect. Deputies describe him as wearing a gray sweatshirt with a hoodie, his face was covered, wearing gloves, appears to be between 5’8″-6’0″, slim to medium build.  Sheriff Couvillon says that a substantial amount of the suspect’s blood was also collected at the scene.

The bike that was located during the search is described as a West Port Beach Cruiser style bike rusty red/burgundy in color with a white metal basket on the front handlebars and lime green passenger foot pegs on the back.

A photo of the bicycle is below.

Courtesy of Vermilion Parish Sheriff’s Office