Dunbar Township man charged with false reports

| Friday, April 12, 2013, 8:18 p.m.

Charges were filed against a Dunbar Township man who allegedly lied to police about being robbed of a handgun that he actually gave to a relative.

Mark Brandon Bullock, 27, of 311 Second St. was charged with false reports and lending a firearm prohibited on April 5 before District Judge Dwight Shaner.

The charges stem from an incident at 2:05 a.m. Jan. 29 along Limestone Hill Road in Dunbar Township where a firearm was recovered in a traffic stop from a vehicle driven by Israel Shroyer. State police at Uniontown learned that the firearm was the property of Bullock, who was not present during the traffic stop and who filed a burglary report that same day.

Bullock told police that his 9mm Hi-Point pistol, valued at $189, was stolen along with two unknown make and model toolboxes valued at $15 and $200 from his garage floor when he went for tools to fix his water heater. He told police that the firearm was stored in one of the toolboxes.

Police told Bullock that his pistol was in the possession of Shroyer, who is Bullock's cousin. Bullock told police that he did not know that Shroyer had his gun.

When police warned Bullock about the consequences about filing a false report, he said he was not filing a false report because he was going on house arrest soon and did not want to jeopardize that.

Police filed a burglary report but found no false entry to Bullock's residence.

Shroyer told police that he was helping Bullock move out of his residence over the weekend because he was splitting up with his wife. He noticed that Bullock placed the pistol in one of the toolboxes that he then put in the truck. When Bullock went inside for more belongings, Shroyer took the pistol out of the toolbox and placed it under the front seat of his truck. They then unloaded the truck and placed the belongings on the ground near his father's porch and went inside the house to drink.

Bullock was interviewed again and informed him of what Shroyer said. Bullock then told police that Shroyer arrived at Bullock's parents' house and said he was beaten. While they were talking, Bullock went to the restroom. When he came back, he said Shroyer was in a hurry to leave.

He told police that he did not place the pistol in the toolbox, but instead put it in a garbage bag full of clothes, and the pistol was missing later that day.

When police interviewed Shroyer for the final time, he was angry at Bullock's statement and said he was in a fight and paid Bullock $200 for the pistol and to help him out since he was going to be on house arrest, and Bullock gave it to him. Shroyer admitted that he told Bullock to make up the story about the toolboxes being stolen.

Bullock then admitted he gave Shroyer the pistol, but no money was exchanged.

A preliminary hearing has yet to be scheduled for Bullock before Shaner.

Mark Hofmann is a staff writer with Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-626-3539 or mhofmann@tribweb.com.

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