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INVESTIGATORS: Clark Co. man used text message to steal from own father

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Police say a text message helped a Clark County, Indiana man steal from his own father.

According to investigators, Brian Bullard texted his dad that he was hit by a car and had to go to University Hospital Saturday. 

"I was freaking out because I didn't know what was going on," Mike Bullard said about the texts. 

But investigators say Brian Bullard admitted to sending those texts and waiting for his dad to leave.

They say he then kicked in the front door of his father's Sellersburg home and stole a gun. 

"It's terrible," Mike Bullard told WDRB News. "It's the worst thing you could expect from a son to do his father." 

Mike Bullard says his son has struggled with addiction for about three years. 

He's been booked into the Clark County Jail several times. In this case, the sheriff's office says Brian Bullard traded his dad's gun for heroin, meth and a little bit of cash.  

"Drug addiction -- there is no limits to it," said Captain Scottie Maples of the Clark County Sheriff's Office. "You'll steal from your parents. You'll steal from people you don't know. Just like this case: this case should be shocking to people, but unfortunately in the law enforcement world, it's not shocking to us. We see this every day."

Mike Bullard says trips to rehab haven't worked. 

"There's nothing you can do. You raise your kids better than this and they know better but once the drug gets a hold of them - it's over," he said. 

Brian Bullard is now facing burglary and theft charges. His dad says if he ends up on the streets, he'll go back to drugs. 

"Hopefully, if he stays in jail for a period of time, maybe he'll clean up and maybe drugs won't be his sole drive in life," Bullard said. 

Brian Bullard declined an interview with WDRB. He's due back in court later this week. 

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