Sheriff: Son lured father from home so he could burglarize it

Sheriff: Son lured father from home so he could burglarize it
Published: Sep. 15, 2015 at 2:29 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 30, 2015 at 3:44 PM EDT
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Brian Bullard (Source: Clark County, IN Jail)
Brian Bullard (Source: Clark County, IN Jail)

CLARK COUNTY, IN (WAVE) - The Clark County Sheriff's Office says in order to feed a drug habit, one man desperately went after his own father.

On Sept. 12, investigators say they were called to a home on County Line Road in Sellersburg after a family member noticed the door to be kicked in and glass broken.

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According to the incident report, Michael Bullard told deputies he had received a text from the cell phone of his son, Brian Bullard, advising him that his son had been hit by a car and was on the way to the hospital. Michael Bullard says the text was from a bystander.

"I texted him back, which I thought was an innocent bystander, 'is he okay' and the comment was 'he's real dazed and confused and keeps asking about you'," Michael Bullard said.

Frantically, Michael Bullard says he made his way to University Hospital. While en route he got a call that his house alarm was going off, so he asked his daughter to check it out and reset it.

"My daughter called me and said 'you need to get here, your front door is kicked open', so about a minute later, I kind of put two and two together and said 'oh I just got taken'," Michael Bullard said.

After checking his house Michael Bullard told deputies his 9mm Ruger P95 and a holster containing two loaded 15 round magazines was missing.

Deputies say Brian Bullard was never in an accident and their incident report states that surveillance video shows him near the home at the time of the break in.

Brian Bullard was located by the Clark County Sheriff's Office at a home in Jeffersonville and brought in for questioning.

According to the report, Brian Bullard admitted to detectives that he sent a false text message to his father and waited for him to leave before he kicked in the front door.

The younger Bullard admitted to taking the handgun and told detectives he traded it for heroin, methamphetamine and a small amount of cash.

"Drugs have no limit, family, friends, they are a plague on our society and they don't scrutinize," Captain Scottie Maples said.

Michael Bullard says his son had a promising life. He says he once served as a volunteer firefighter and was a good kid before he got hooked on pills. The father watched as it escalated from there. Michael Bullard says his son has been in and out of rehab and he has since cut off all contact.

"There's a time when you just have to break the chain, you can't keep enabling and supporting a bad habit, many times I've been told they have to hit rock bottom if they are going to come out," Michael Bullard said.

This father hopes, this may be it.

Brian Bullard was arrested and booked into the Clark County Jail on charges of burglary and theft.

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