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Apr 1, 2014 5:03 PM by Tonya LaCoste

Assault rifles, cash recovered in Eunice

Eunice police have recovered two assault rifles and a portion of $20,000 stolen from Babineaux's Concrete on 12th St. in Eunice on March 23.

A former employee, John Turner, 48, and an accomplice, Jimmy Coker, are accused of breaking into the business and stealing a safe weighing more than 500 pounds, which contained the stolen items.

"During the investigation detectives learned that an employee was recently fired from the business," Eunice deputy police chief Varden Guillory said.

When Mamou police and Evangeline Parish Sheriff's deputies showed up at a house in Mamou, Guillory said Turner and Coker ran out of a back door but were caught a short time later. Authorities recovered an AK-47, AR-15 and $6,000.

According to Guillory, Turner and Coker admitted to stealing the safe. "He (Turner) went to the business and shut off the power in order to steal the safe," according to Guillory. According to the police report, the men put the safe in a truck then used a torch to cut it open. It was later found in a gully in Evangeline Parish.

Turner, of 1052 Beechwood in Ville Platte, and Coker, 43, of 209 Railroad in Mamou are charged with aggravated burglary and felony theft. Bond for both is $55,000.

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