Police arrest man with 9mm handgun during College Mall burglary early Friday in Bloomington, Indiana

Police arrested a man trying to flee from the Target store in College Mall after investigating a report of vandalism, according to the Bloomington Police Department. Spent 9mm shells were found near a shattered door into College Mall near Dick’s Sporting Goods, and a a window inside the mall leading into Target.

The man, who possessed a 9mm pistol, and an additional full ammo magzaine, was seen inside Target before he tried to get away from police, but was arrested.

Here is the full text of a press release provided to the media by Bloomington Police Department Captain Ryan Pedigo:

On June 2, 2023, at approximately 1:48 a.m., officers responded to the College Mall in the 2800 block of E Third Street in reference to a complaint of vandalism. The caller was a security guard with College Mall who had located a shattered exterior door of the building near Dick’s Sporting Goods. Responding officers therefore entered the mall and began checking the building to determine if someone had made entry. A spent 9mm shell casing was located near the shattered door. As officers were searching the mall, another shattered glass door was located at the interior entrance to Target. Officers then saw an individual walking inside the Target store using what appeared to be a cell phone flashlight. Two spent 9mm shell casings were also found near the shattered glass door leading into Target. The interior lights of Target were eventually able to be turned on and shortly thereafter, a man was observed attempting to flee from the store through the north exit doors. The man, later identified as Tyler Miller (22, Bloomington), was immediately taken into custody by an Indiana State Trooper and a Bloomington police officer. When searched incident to arrest, a loaded 9mm pistol, an additional full ammunition magazine, and a backpack with several suspected stolen items were recovered.

After speaking with investigators, Tyler Miller (DOB 11/29/2000) was transported to the Monroe County Jail and remanded for the following charges:

  • Burglary while armed with a deadly weapon (two counts), level 2 felony
  • Criminal recklessness (two counts), level 5 felony
  • Theft, level 6 felony
  • Criminal mischief (two counts), class A misdemeanor

Under Indiana law, criminal charges are merely accusations and the defendant is

presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

The Bloomington Police Department thanks the Indiana State Police and the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance during this investigation.

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