By Zach Myers
MOORESVILLE, Ind. (Oct. 13, 2014)– Mooresville Police Detectives say they’re concerned about several stolen guns that were allegedly traded for heroin on the streets of Indianapolis.
Last Thursday, Mooresville Police responded to a call about a suspicious man lurking around a house on Terrace Trail. They arrived to find the back door to a home kicked in and a burglary suspect still on the scene.
“We were able to respond and we caught the suspect coming out of the house with stolen merchandise in his pocket,” said Mooresville Police Detective Chad Richhart.
Richhart told FOX59 as officers were arresting Cody Huggler, 25, he started offering up information about several other burglaries he had committed around Mooresville. Since late August, police have taken 21 reports of home burglaries or attempted burglaries. All the burglaries were committed during daylight hours. Huggler told detectives he was responsible for 10 of them. Police say Huggler told them he was searching for cash and jewelry which he could use to feed his heroin addiction.
But investigators think he may have committed more than 10 burglaries because of evidence in the form of photographs on Huggler’s phone.
“We found pictures of items stolen in burglaries which he did not admit to,” Richhart said.
Some of those pictures showed guns which were stolen from homes. When police asked about the guns in the pictures, they say Huggler told them he had been taking the guns to a drug dealer in Indianapolis known only as “Walt.”
“Somewhere in the area of 16th Street,” Richhart said. “He would meet this ‘Walt’ at a gas station parking lot, or where ever, and then trade the guns for heroin.”
Richhart believes Huggler is responsible for 7 stolen guns finding their way from Mooresville to the streets of Indianapolis. But that number could be higher.
“We have several guns that are out on the streets, so it definitely is a major concern.”
Cody Huggler was being held in the Morgan County jail on a charge of Burglary. Moorseville Police expect to file more charges related to the other burglaries in the days to come.