The Abbeville Police Department arrested 27-year-old Shawn Romero and charged him with two counts of burglary and unauthorized use of a movable after following a blood trail from the crime scene to a nearby residence.
Police were called to the business because the alarm was activated. When they arrived, they noticed a window broken and that material was stolen from inside.
There were drops of blood and bloody paper towels inside and outside the window.
Detectives noticed where the driveway met the street pieces of copper were on the ground, along with bloody paper towels. A trail of cooper and blood also helped the police solve the crime.
The detectives followed the trail and it led them to a home about 100 yards from the AC store. The police looked in the driveway and noticed a pile of copper in the back of the house. The detectives knocked on the front door to get permission to search inside and outside the house.
They found more bloody paper towels inside the house and Romero pretending to be asleep in his bed at his mother’s home. A bloody paper towel was found in Romero’s pants, according to David Hardy, who heads the detective unit for the police department.
The police searched in back of the house and found two generators and the air conditioner parts behind it.
If that was not enough, the police were able to locate a video from a neighbor that shows Romero allegedly driving a forklift back and forth from his house to F&R with material stacked on a pallet. The fork lift, from F&R, had drops of blood on it. When he finished using the forklift, he put it back where he found it.
Romero allegedly stole the frozen fish from the ice box in the store.