Homeowner holds alleged thief at gunpoint during burglary

Homeowner holds alleged thief at gunpoint during burglary
Cody Sullivan (Source: Floyd County Jail)
Cody Sullivan (Source: Floyd County Jail)
Garrett Hannegan (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Garrett Hannegan (Source: WAVE 3 News)

FLOYD COUNTY, IN (WAVE) - An alleged thief was held at gunpoint by a homeowner after he broke into his garage.
 
On Sunday, Cody Sullivan, 23, was arrested after police said he was the host of a string of crimes.
 
It began in Louisville, when police said Sullivan stole a Toyota Tacoma and drove it to New Albany. He flipped the stolen vehicle while driving on Interstate 64 and ran into the woods.
 
A nearby neighbor spotted Sullivan running barefoot out of a wooded area. He called his neighbor, Garrett Hannegan, and alerted him of the suspicious activity.

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After securing his kids inside of his home, Hannegan open his garage door before walking outside to meet his wife, who was pulling into their driveway. Before he met her, he noticed tools scattered throughout his garage.
 
"Then, I looked at the car and he was sitting right in the driver's seat of the car," Hannegan said.
 
Police said Sullivan was holding the car keys in his hand. Hannegan then instructed his wife to call 911.
 
"I stepped up to the car, held my gun up, and said 'buddy you need to get out of that car right now,'" Hannegan said.
 
Hannegan continued to threaten Sullivan while he sat inside of his car.
 
"Get out of the car right now or I'm going to shoot you," he yelled.

Sullivan still didn't move, according to Hannegan.
 
"I said, 'buddy, I don't want to shoot you but you better get out of that car,'" Hannegan said. "I'm going to count to three and then I'm going to shoot you right now."
 
The threats began to sink in as Hannegan continued to count down from three. Sullivan eventually stepped outside of the car.
 
"I didn't take my gun off of him for one second," he said.
 
Refusing to look away, Hannegan kept his distance but continued to give him instructions to sit down on the ground.
 
"He kept saying, 'man I need help, I need help.' I said 'help is on the way and you better sit down I'm going to shoot you and I'm going to count to three and that's it, I'll shoot you right there,'" Hannegan said.
 
Floyd County Sheriff's Department arrived within minutes to arrest Sullivan.
 
Police found a gas can, two leaf blowers and a corn hole board set inside of the car.
 
Hannegan said this is one of many reasons he carries a gun and knows his rights.
 
"He chose the wrong house," Hannegan said. "He is in southern Indiana, which means there are plenty of houses that he would choose that would be the wrong place."
 
Sullivan is at Floyd County Jail being held on a $150,000 cash bond. He is charged with leaving the scene of an accident, possession of stolen property, burglary, theft and attempted auto theft.
 
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