Assumption Parish sheriff’s deputies have arrested two Donaldsonville men in the Sept. 20 burglary of a Paincourtville hardware store where more than 25 handguns were stolen.
But the semi-automatic pistols and few revolvers taken from Sagona’s True Value Hardware store on La. 1 in Assumption have not been found, and the case remains under investigation.
“None of the guns have been recovered, and we’re working with providing information to other agencies that may be able assist us in the recovery of those weapons,” Assumption Parish Sheriff Mike Waguespack said Monday.
The burglary of the store, which is a federally licensed firearms dealer, has drawn the interest of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The agency and a firearms industry trade group offered a $5,000 reward last week for information leading to arrests in the case.
Waguespack said both suspects gave full confessions of their alleged role in the burglary and no others are wanted in the store burglary.
Kez Quintel Gipson, 20, for whom Assumption sheriff’s deputies received a warrant Friday, is the man investigators believe entered Sagona’s late on Sept. 20 and was captured on surveillance cameras, Waguespack said.
The other man, Jeremiah White, 20, 9353 La. 405, Donaldsonville, did not enter the store but assisted in the burglary, Waguespack said.
Gipson, 509 Catadonna St., Donaldsonville, is on two years’ supervised probation as part of a deferred sentence for a May 2013 burglary and drug possession convictions in Ascension Parish. The sentence was part of a plea agreement, online Ascension court filings say.
Gipson turned himself in to Assumption criminal investigators Sunday and was booked into the parish Detention Center in Napoleonville with a simple burglary count, sheriff’s deputies said Monday.
White was arrested Friday and also booked with simple burglary, deputies said.
Neither man had posted the $250,000 bail set in their cases by Monday afternoon, deputies said.
Those with information about the case should call the sheriff’s Criminal Investigative Division at (985) 526-1627 or Communications Division at (985) 369-2912.
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