Deputies search for man accused of buying stolen sign
PRAIRIEVILLE - Sheriff's deputies in Ascension Parish are searching for a man accused of buying an antique sign that was stolen from a Prairieville restaurant earlier this month.
The vintage Esso sign adorned the exterior of Tommy's Fish House in Prairieville for several years until it disappeared on a Sunday night in December. On Dec. 11, Chad Prejean was arrested for stealing the antique, estimated to be worth about $1,500.
Following his arrest, Prejean admitted to detectives that he sold the sign to 39-year-old Michael Wilkinson of Denham Springs. Detectives were able to make contact with Wilkinson, who admitted to purchasing the hot property and told them he would return the sign by Monday morning, Dec. 22.
Lt. Col. Bobby Webre said the sign did not appear on the date Wilkinson had said it would, and the man was nowhere to be found. After several efforts from detectives to locate Wilkinson, they still have not recovered the sign.
Wilkinson is now wanted for illegal possession of stolen things by authorities in Ascension Parish. He is also wanted on an active bench warrant for traffic violations and a criminal non-support warrant for another jurisdiction.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the man is urged to contact the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office at (225) 621-4636 or by texting 847411 to the APSO's anonymous tip line from any cellular device.