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Barney Bynum (Source: Gonzales Police Department) Barney Bynum (Source: Gonzales Police Department)
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GONZALES, LA (WAFB) -

After 10 weeks of "plaguing the City of Gonzales," the Gonzales Police Department say they have arrested a man who is suspected of robbing seven different businesses.

Police say New Orleans native Barney Bynum, Jr., 33, started his robbery spree on October 29, 2013 and it ended on January 10, 2014.

He was arrested for six robberies that happened in Gonzales, and a seventh that happened in North Baton Rouge.

Detectives say Bynum would walk into businesses between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and point gun at cashier demanding money.

Surveillance video showed he wore a rare Toronto Blue Jays batting practice hat when he struck. Surveillance also captured his green 1998 Chevy Lumina with a missing hubcap.

Detectives began researching everyone who owed a green Lumina in Gonzales and but came up empty. An officer on patrol later spotted it and arrested him.

They said he confessed to all of the robberies, saying he was robbing the places to support is $200/day heroin addiction.

He is charged with six counts of first degree robbery in Gonzales, one count in Baton Rouge, and a fugitive warrant out of New Orleans for armed robbery.

"I suspect that a number of addition robberies have been committed by Bynum between Gonzales and New Orleans during this time span," said Det. Sgt. Steve Nethken.

Bynum is being held at the Ascension Parish Prison and no bond has been set.

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