HELENA- A suspect from East Helena has been charged with 5 felonies following a weekend arrest.

William Paul Cox Jr is accused of breaking into a construction site on Old Iron Drive on Friday April, 1 and stealing more than $7,000 worth of building materials and tools.

Cox’s vehicle was located in East Helena on Saturday.  Deputies using a search warrant recovered some of the stolen material. Cox was spotted Sunday by a neighbor.

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After questioning by law officers the 33 year old was arrested, and found to be in possession of seven grams of methamphetamine.

He has been charged with three counts of felony burglary, one count of felony theft and felony drug possession.

In Justice Court on Monday morning Cox denied the charges.  He has a prior criminal record that dates back to 2002, including felony theft, burglary and firearms violations.

Bond in the case has been set at $75,000.


Reporter: Dennis Carlson