A Troup man was arrested last week in connection to a recent burglary in the city of Bullard that resulted in the theft and subsequent recovery of a large number of firearms.
According to Bullard Police Department Captain Jeff Bragg, Steven Allan Hibbard, 18, of Troup was taken into custody and booked into the Smith County Jail after having been discovered as one of the suspects in a house burglary Saturday, Aug. 25, in the 900 block of Redbud Ln.
Included missing in the burglary was a large safe containing seven long guns and two handguns. Other reported items that were stolen included ammunition, credit cards, a large amount of cash, hunting knives, autographed baseball memorabilia, and other sentimental items to the victims.
Hibbard, who was arrested on Wednesday, Sept. 5, according to Smith County jail records, has been charged with one count of Theft of a Firearm and had his bond set at $10,000. His arrest warrant was signed by 7th District Court Judge Kerry Russell in Tyler.
According to Smith County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Sergeant Darrell Coslin, Hibbard was released from the jail on the same day.
A total of three other suspects have already been arrested by the Bullard Police Department in connection with the case, including Malik Jamal Barb, 17, of Bullard; Ty Jalon Taymont Crayton, 18, of Tyler; and Hunter Moses, 17, of Flint.
Both Barb and Crayton charged with second-degree felony charges of Burglary of a Habitation and booked into the Smith County Jail, with bond set at $10,000 each by Judge Christi Kennedy of the 144th District Court in Tyler.
Moses was charged with one count of Tamper/Fabrication of Physical Evidence with Intent to Impair. His bond was set at $10,000 by Judge Russell.
“It’s very important that we were able to take back the weapons from individuals who aren’t even legally allowed to own guns because they’re underage,” said Bragg. “They could have potentially used the guns for harm, but we were able to recover them and start the process of returning them to their rightful owners.”
Bragg said that the investigation into the case is still ongoing.
The Smith County judicial records indicate that Crayton, Hibbard, and Moses have since bonded out, while Barb still remains in the Smith County Jail, as of deadline date.