Charity Street business robbed at gun point

An employee of OUPAC Finance Company on Charity Street received a scare Monday morning when a man, wearing a hood over his head, walked into the business, fired a gun into the ceiling and then demanded money.

The employe, alone, handed the man an undetermined amount of cash and the person fled at around 10 a.m. on Monday.

The Abbeville Police Department have not made an arrest as of 5 p.m. on Monday.

Abbeville Police Chief Rick Coleman said the worker was not able to identify the robber because he had a hoodie over his head.

Coleman said the robber shot into the ceiling and hit a fluorescent light, killing it. The light fixture fell dead to the ground and made a loud sound. The employee was not hurt in the shooting or robbery.

The bullet was located and sent to the crime lab.

Coleman thought it was odd that someone would rob a finance business on Charity Street.

“Finance companies do not have a lot of cash on them,” Coleman said. “When someone gets a loan, they pay by check.”

Coleman added between Thanksgiving and Christmas there is always an increase in robberies in Vermilion Parish.

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