Local man accused of theft

A local man was arrested after police accused him of attempting to sell a stolen firearm and having two stolen cellphones.

Columbus police were sent to a gas station in the 3100 block of National Road at 2:20 p.m. Saturday after receiving information that William C. Cox, 41, of 924 Chestnut St., was selling a handgun that had been reported stolen earlier that day, said Lt. Matt Harris, Columbus Police Department spokesman.

Officers Brian Voyles and Matt Martindale found Cox at the gas station holding two cellphones, noting both had been reported stolen, Harris said.

A short time later, officers found a stolen .380-caliber firearm behind a bag of potato chips inside the store, Harris said.

As Cox was arrested, officers found three .380-caliber bullets in his pants pockets, Harris said.

Cox was arrested on charges of theft and possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon, Harris said.

He is being held in the Bartholomew County Jail in lieu of $45,000 bond, jail officials said.

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Julie McClure is assistant managing editor of The Republic. She can be reached at jmcclure@therepublic.com or (812) 379-5631.