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CPD: Locals charged most firearms recovered in gun shop burglary

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Two Chesterton men have been charged in connection with the burglary of the Disappear Gear gun shop in The Factory at 1050 Broadway.

Devin Michael Fuller, 18, of 415 S. Second St., and Dillon McCullough Evans, 19, of 70 West Road, are both charged with burglary, a Class C felony punishable by a term of two to eight years.

Chesterton Police say that the break in the case came only 48 hours after the burglary was discovered --in the early morning hours of Thursday, June 12--when information was developed pointing to Fuller’s involvement, according to the probable cause affidavit filed by Det. Nick Christian.

At 9:35 a.m. Saturday, June 14, Christian and an ATF agent made contact with Fuller at his residence, where he “freely admitted that he was in possession of a firearm taken in the break-in,” Christian stated in his affidavit.

The firearm--one of eight semi-automatic pistols and five carbine rifles stolen from Disappear Gear--was recovered in a backpack in a closet in Fuller’s bedroom, police said.

Fuller then implicated three other persons in the burglary, Christian stated: Evans; another adult male who remained at large as of late Thursday; and a juvenile male. Fuller advised that it was Evans, using a hammer, who broke the gun shop’s front window, then retreated to see if there was a police response; that all four of them wore latex gloves and bandanas; and that after the burglary they went to the home of the third adult suspect, Christian stated.

At 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Christian and the AFT agent made contact with the mother of the other adult suspect named by Fuller at that subject’s residence. The suspect was not there at the time but his mother gave officers permission to search the home and 10 of the firearms stolen in the burglary were subsequently located in the man’s closet, Christian stated. Ammunition was also recovered as was a “brown hooded sweatshirt with latex gloves hanging out of the jacket.”

At 5:57 p.m. Christian and the ATF agent next made contact with the juvenile, who initially denied any involvement but--“once presented with evidence”--admitted being involved as well as wearing the brown hooded sweatshirt found at the other suspect’s residence, Christian stated. Specifically the juvenile admitted entering the business through the broken glass of the front door, wearing latex gloves “to help conceal any forensics,” and then watching as Fuller, Evans, and the third suspect “carried out the firearms and the ammunition in multiple backpacks and dufflebags,” Christian stated. The juvenile denied, however, being in possession of any of the stolen firearms.

Then, at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 17, Christian made contact with Evans, who during the ride to the CPD station “appeared very nervous and could even be seen trembling and breathing heavily,” Christian stated. Evans did admit to being with the three others during the burglary but “refused to provide the location of the remaining missing firearms,” saying “that if given time he could potentially retrieve the missing firearms but needed overnight to process everything,” Christian stated. Evans was taken into custody and booked into the Porter County Jail.


Posted 6/20/2014