A man suspected of stealing a rifle from his cousin could face multiple firearm charges as a result.

An officer with the Texas County Sheriff’s Department reported Sept. 23 he had investigated an alleged theft of a firearm at a Highway 38 residence.

The officer stated that a 37-year-old man who lives at the location told him that he had been away from his residence and when he returned he found his 46-year-old cousin there butchering a chicken.

The man stated an argument then began after he found a rifle in his cousin’s truck that belonged to his uncle. The man said he later discovered a second weapon missing, a .223 caliber rifle valued at $300.

A probable cause statement was sent to the county prosecutor seeking theft charges against the cousin, who is also a convicted felon and would be in violation of his probation by taking the missing rifle. He could also be charged with felon in possession of a firearm.

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