Burglary suspect caught due to alert neighbors

(Provided Photo/Morgan County Sheriff's Office)

MOORESVILLE, Ind. (WISH) –  A 25-year-old Mooresville man is facing burglary, theft and criminal mischief charges after an alert neighbor called police when she saw something suspicious last week.

Police say Cody Huggler admitted he was behind multiple robberies in Mooresville, and they say they were able to link him to others when they found pictures of the stolen merchandise on his phone.

Court documents show Huggler told police he’s addicted to heroin, and that’s why he was breaking into homes. There have been 21 burglaries or attempted burglaries in Mooresville since Aug. 27, according to court documents. Police say they were able to link Huggler to about 10 incidents so far.

24-Hour News 8 spoke with the woman, who didn’t want to share her name, who was able to get jewelry back that police say Huggler had taken. Her neighbor called police when she saw someone suspicious last Thursday.

“My neighbor across the street saw him in the neighborhood and thought he was acting suspicious. When she saw him come behind my house, then she started to see my front windows shake: that’s when he was doing the kicking. Then she called police,” said the woman.

Police say mostly guns and jewelry were taken.

“The suspect told us he was taking firearms up to the west side of Indianapolis, up around 16th Street. He said he was meeting with a gentleman by the name of Walt, and trading these firearms for heroin,” said Mooresville Police Detective Chad Richhart.

Police are now working to determine who this man is. They say Huggler told police the man, who he knew as “Walt” was recently involved in a shooting in Indianapolis.

Police say they’re still asking neighbors to call their dispatch center if they see anything suspicious.

“There’s 14,000 people in Mooresville and only 22 police officers, so we definitely rely on the public’s help to do our job,” said Detective Richhart.

Neighbors say they’re glad to hear the suspect in the burglaries was caught.

“I just hope he can get straightened out,” said another burglary victim who lost rings. “So many young people on drugs.”

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