BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - East Baton Rouge Parish deputies are searching for a pickup truck that may be involved in the theft of Livingston Parish Sheriff Jason Ard's personal vehicle that happened on August 30, 2013.
Sheriff Ard's personal truck was stolen from Ruffino's Restaurant on Highland Road. Investigators believe the suspect(s) manipulated the keypad on the door sometime between 7:50 p.m. and 9:40 p.m. A gun hidden in the truck and a purse with wallet containing credit cards was missing.
Sheriff Ard's Ford F-250 was recovered around 11:30 Friday night about a mile away in a parking lot on Barringer Court.
Ard confirmed the gun stolen was his duty-issued weapon.
On August 31, around 4:45 a.m. a person tried to use a debit card taken from the truck at the Circle K on Evangeline St. The store employee told deputies it appeared to be a man wearing women's clothing. Video surveillance shows the person has long hair and appeared to be wearing a bluish color dress. Cameras also show the person in a red or maroon Honda 2-door sports coupe.
Deputies obtained images of another vehicle that could be connected to the theft of Sheriff Ard's truck. The suspect vehicle, according to EBRSO, appears to be a mid 90's Ford F-150 extra cab, light blue over dark blue in color. It appears to have a chrome color truck box in the bed of the truck and the front rims appear to be different from the rear rims.
The suspect seen in the truck appears to be a heavy set, black male wearing a white shirt.
Anyone with information concerning this incident or the identity of the suspect is asked to contact the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office at 225-389-5000. Crime Stoppers is also offering a cash reward for anyone with information leading to the arrest of those responsible. Contact Crime Stoppers anonymously at (225) 344- STOP or (225) 344-7867.