Two arrested in theft, 14-foot duck recovered

It was, police said, a crime of opportunity.

Two brothers saw the giant inflatable duck on a Johnston Street parking lot in the early morning hours of Feb. 27 and just couldn’t resist taking it.

The missing 14-foot waterfowl has been retrieved and the brothers are facing felony theft charges.

Garson T. Cormier, 21, and Kyle Cormier, 25, both of Lafayette Parish, were arrested late Wednesday, Lafayette police announced Thursday.

The duck, yellow with a red bill and sporting black sunglasses, is owned by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Acadiana and is used to promote its annual “Great Acadiana Running of the Ducks” fundraiser.

“From our understanding, it is still in good condition,” Lafayette police spokesman Cpl. Paul Mouton said.

The theft is believed to have been a crime of opportunity. “From what we know, they saw the duck and they took it in the moment,” Mouton said.

Police released an image Wednesday from a surveillance video showing a Chevrolet Silverado traveling down Johnston Street carrying the large duck.

Mouton said investigators honed in on the Cormier brothers after later receiving a tip through Crime Stoppers.

The brothers admitted stealing the duck when questioned, according to affidavit filed by detectives outlining evidence in the case.

Mouton said more arrests are expected.

According to the affidavit, two other people were involved, but they were not named.