Police catch man suspected of theft

Tribune staff reports

A traffic stop early Friday morning in Seymour led to the arrest of a West Virginia man suspected of being involved in a theft at a Seymour business a month ago, police report.

Benjamin Cox, 42, of Rock Creek, West Virginia, faces preliminary charges of burglary, theft, criminal mischief, possession of a syringe and violation of the Legend Drug Act.

Cox was arrested after a traffic stop at O’Brien and Fourth streets made by Sgt. Mike Cooper at about 4:30 a.m. Friday.

In his report, Cooper said he made the stop after seeing a small silver pickup truck with an out-of-state license plate traveling west on Tipton Street on the city’s east side. Cooper said he decided to stop the pickup because it matched the description of a vehicle possibly involved in the burglary of Harrell’s Car Wash in late May.

Through his investigation, Cooper confirmed Cox and the vehicle had been involved in that theft.

Cooper said he also learned Cox and others had been traveling between West Virginia and Indiana committing similar crimes in multiple states, and they were back in Seymour with the intention of committing additional thefts while in the area.

This incident remains under investigation, and additional arrests are possible, Cooper said.

Cox was being held on $26,510 bond Thursday at the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown.

Officer Jim Handley assisted with the traffic stop.

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Aubrey Woods is editor of The (Seymour) Tribune. He can be reached at awoods@tribtown.com or 812-523-7051.