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Vanderburgh Co. Sheriff's Office recovers stolen handguns

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(Charles Thomas/Source: Vanderburgh Co. Sheriff's Office) (Charles Thomas/Source: Vanderburgh Co. Sheriff's Office)
(Joshua Gahagan/Source: Vanderburgh Co. Sheriff's Office) (Joshua Gahagan/Source: Vanderburgh Co. Sheriff's Office)
VANDERBURGH CO., IN (WFIE) -

The Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Office recovers two stolen handguns in separate, unrelated incidents.

The first happened just after 4:00 p.m. Wednesday in the area of Baker and Franklin Street.

The sheriff's office says the driver of an SUV took off when a deputy approached.

He's been identified as 23-year-old Charles Thomas of Evansville.

Anyone with information of about his whereabouts is asked to call the sheriff's office at 421-6201 or leave an anonymous tip at vanderburghsheriff.com.

A .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun was found when deputies ordered Thomas's two passengers to get out of the SUV.

Officials say the gun was reported stolen from Owensboro.

The second incident happened around 2:40 a.m. Thursday in the area of Middle Mt. Vernon Road and Broadway Avenue.

The sheriff's office says a deputy saw a suspicious person. When he turned his patrol car around, the person began to walk in the opposite direction toward New Bethel Church.

The deputy stopped the individual who was later identified as 25-year old Joshua Gahagan.

Deputies located a vehicle in the lot of New Bethel Church that had been stolen.

The sheriff's office says a .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun and ski mask were found on the front seat.

It had been reported stolen from Evansville.

Gahagan was arrested and taken to the Vanderburgh County Jail. He's facing charges of auto theft, possession of a firearm by a violent felon and false informing.

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