The arrest came after a traffic stop, according to a report filed by deputy Ben Clayton.
Clayton and deputy Mitchell Roe made contact with Joe. W. Belcher, 35. Belcher told deputies he had a weapon in his pocket after being asked during a search if he had “anything illegal on him.”
Clayton found a .32-caliber Smith & Wesson handgun in Belcher’s back pocket.
After further questioning, Belcher revealed he had taken the weapon along with other items from a home on Spring Place Road, according to the report.
The home had reportedly been vacated.
Jewelry, cast iron pieces and antiques were alleged to have been removed from the home, according to Belcher’s statemen.
Clayton also found Belcher was wanted on a warrant by Colorado authorities for possession of dangerous drugs. During the course of the investigation, deputies also learned Belcher was a convicted felon.
According to Clayton, Belcher was booked at the Bradley County Jail on charges of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of stolen property and theft under $500.