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Academy employee accused of theft from employer

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Maurice E. Nugent (Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office) Maurice E. Nugent (Source: Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office)
LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

A Lake Charles man is arrested and accused of theft from his employer. 

Academy Sports & Outdoors Store contacted the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office regarding a report of internal theft from the store.

After investigation, Maurice Nugent, 41, of Lake Charles, was arrested and charged with felony theft $500-$1,500. He could face more charges, authorities said.

Nugent was a longtime employee of the store and was a member of management.  

Sheriff Tony Mancuso said some of the evidence includes surveillance video that shows Nugent carrying a new trolling motor, worth over $500, out of the rear door.

According to Mancuso, the trolling motor has since disappeared and has not returned to the store's inventory.

Nugent is suspected in the theft of several thousands of dollars of additional merchandise from the store.

"This is a big operation. At this time, we don't know how much inventory was stolen, but it was a lot," said Mancuso. "We expect to possibly make more arrests and not necessarily employees of the store."

Mancuso said Academy's loss prevention team is also assisting with the ongoing investigation. 

If anyone has any information regarding stolen merchandise from Academy Sports & Outdoors Store, contact CPSO Detective James Leubner at 494-4509.

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