HCSO Deputy Rusty Ferrell was on vacation last week with his family and returned Saturday to his home on Old Webster Valley Road.
Ferrell told HCSO Detective Daniel Byington Monday that when he went to put on his duty gear for work, he noticed that his Glock 21SF .45 caliber pistol was missing.
Byington stated in his report that Dustin Alan Caldwell, 22, 155 Old Webster Valley Road, Rogersville, was quickly developed as a suspect.
Caldwell is a neighbor of Ferrell and is also a distant relative who allegedly knew the Ferrell home was empty last week and that a firearm was in the home.
Caldwell is currently awaiting trial on charges stemming from his Jan. 15 arrest for possession of Schedule II narcotics, possession of drug paraphernalia, tampering with evidence and resisting arrest.
Monday afternoon Byington located Caldwell on Hawkins Street in Rogersville.
“Mr. Caldwell admitted to entering the (Ferrell) residence through a back window and went into the kitchen and stole a Glock .45 pistol,” Byington stated in his report. “He also stated where the pistol was located.”
HCSO Chief Deputy Tony Allen told the Times-News that Caldwell had allegedly given the Glock to individuals, and upon being confronted by deputies Monday, those individuals returned the Glock.
Allen said it is believed that Caldwell traded the gun in a drug-related transaction, but that couldn’t be proven.
Also stolen from Ferrell’s residence were $200 in cash that belonged to Ferrell’s daughter and two flashlights that were part of Ferrell’s duty gear. Neither the flashlights nor the cash were recovered, and Caldwell reportedly stated he didn’t remember what happened to them.
Caldwell was charged with aggravated burglary and theft over $500. As of Tuesday, he remained held in the Hawkins County Jail on $10,000 bond, and he will be arraigned Wednesday.
At the time of his arrest Monday, Caldwell was free on $10,000 bond from his Jan. 15 arrest. He is scheduled to stand trial on those charges June 24 in Sessions Court.