‘Meth addict’ is charged with stealing 200 guns worth $20K from his grandparents’ home

A suspected methamphetamine addict has been accused of stealing 200 guns from his grandparents’ home in Texas last fall.

Matthew Biano, 21, has been charged with theft of a firearm and engaging in organized crime in connection to the November 14 heist at his family’s residence in the 400 block of Bluebonnet Trail in Deer Park.

Court documents state that Biano’s grandmother, Denise Bodie, said her grandson is addicted to methamphetamine and blamed him for stealing her and her husband’s collection of firearms valued at $20,000.

Four other accomplices have been arrested over the past three months and charged in connection to the theft, including Zackary Hoppe, Kaci Walker and Derek Hall.

( L to R) Zackary Hoppe, Kaci Walker, Matthew Biano and Derek Hall have been charged in connection to a Texas gun heist targeting Biano's grandparents  

( L to R) Zackary Hoppe, Kaci Walker, Matthew Biano and Derek Hall have been charged in connection to a Texas gun heist targeting Biano's grandparents  

( L to R) Zackary Hoppe, Kaci Walker, Matthew Biano and Derek Hall have been charged in connection to a Texas gun heist targeting Biano’s grandparents  

Biano and his accomplices are accused of stealing 200 guns from his family's home in Bluebonnet Train in Deer Park (pictured) on November 14, 2018 

Biano and his accomplices are accused of stealing 200 guns from his family's home in Bluebonnet Train in Deer Park (pictured) on November 14, 2018 

Biano and his accomplices are accused of stealing 200 guns from his family’s home in Bluebonnet Train in Deer Park (pictured) on November 14, 2018 

Biano’s grandmother and her husband (left) reportedly told police the 21-year-old (right) is a meth addict and blamed him for the break-in and theft 

A fifth suspect, 20-year-old Morgan Sproles, had a warrant issued for her arrest but was killed in an unrelated shooting in Houston in early December.

Walker, a 23-year-old mother-of-two, was arrested on December 5 on a count of possession of a controlled substance and engaging in organized criminal activity.

Two weeks later, police picked up Hoppe, 39, and also charged him with possession of a controlled substance.

Hall, 36, was arrested on January 4 on a count of fraudulent use of identifying information and engaging in organized criminal activity.

During an interview with police, Biano reportedly admitted to breaking into a locked bedroom inside his grandparents’ home that housed their cache of guns and stealing the weapons. He said Hall and Walker took part in the heist – a claim both suspects later corroborated.

Walker, a 23-year-old mother-of-two, was arrested on a count of possession of a controlled substance and engaging in organized criminal activity

Walker, a 23-year-old mother-of-two, was arrested on a count of possession of a controlled substance and engaging in organized criminal activity

Hall, 36, was arrested for fraudulent use of identifying information and engaging in organized criminal activity

Hall, 36, was arrested for fraudulent use of identifying information and engaging in organized criminal activity

Walker, a 23-year-old mother-of-two (left), was arrested on a count of possession of a controlled substance and engaging in organized criminal activity. Hall, 36 (right), was arrested for fraudulent use of identifying information and engaging in organized criminal activity

The trio then loaded the stolen weapons into a car and drove to a hotel on Airport Boulevard, where some of the guns were sold, while others were traded for drugs, the court papers obtained by KPRC stated.

According to the documents, Sproles helped sell the guns. During a police interview before her death, the 20-year-old allegedly admitted to knowing that the weapons were stolen.

When Hoppe was pulled over by cops earlier this month for a minor vehicular infraction, they found a half-dozen of the stolen guns hidden under the hood of his car. A search of the vehicle also yielded crystal meth, leading to the drug possession charge.

When questioned by police, Hoppe allegedly said he drove Biano, Walker and Hall to the hotel after the gun theft, and helped sell some of the guns.

Biano is being held in jail on bonds totalling $25,000. He is due back in court on January 24.

Another suspect, 20-year-old Morgan Sproles (pictured), had a warrant issued for her arrest but was killed in an unrelated shooting in Houston in early December

Another suspect, 20-year-old Morgan Sproles (pictured), had a warrant issued for her arrest but was killed in an unrelated shooting in Houston in early December

Another suspect, 20-year-old Morgan Sproles (pictured), had a warrant issued for her arrest but was killed in an unrelated shooting in Houston in early December

 

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