MUNCIE, Ind. (WISH) –The City of Muncie refused to answer questions Thursday about why the FBI searched a city office.
Investigators executed a search warrant in the Building Commissioner’s Office in city hall.
They walked into the office with a dolly and walked out with dozens of boxes. Investigators said nothing as they hauled the boxes onto an elevator.
An FBI spokesperson confirmed the agency is conducting “investigative activity in Muncie.” She declined to answer any questions on why or where the agents took the boxes.
A member of the mayor’s team handed out a statement to reporters on his behalf outside his office.
“The FBI is conducting a search of the Building Commissioner’s offices here at the City Hall this morning,” the statement read. “The City intends to cooperate fully in this investigation, and looks forward to a complete and early resolution of any issues.”
Mayor Dennis Tyler and the city’s Building Commissioner Craig Nichols did not respond to emails from 24-Hour News 8.
When a 24-Hour News 8 reporter asked why the FBI showed up, a Muncie city attorney replied “you know as much as I do.” Attorney Megan Quirk said investigators refused to show her the search warrants.
People walking into city hall Thursday found a bevy of reporters and agents.
“They’re giving us a bad name,” Muncie native Nina Lowe said. “Clean the place up. That’s what they need to do.”
A release posted by the City of Muncie, below, confirmed that the FBI is performing a search: