By Emma Rausch
A Wabash man is facing a felony charge in connection to a February Big R gun theft.
Derrick L. King, 19, Wabash, was charged with felony theft and misdemeanor carrying a handgun without a license following a Wabash Police Department (WPD) investigation.
On Feb. 7, the WPD received a report that a gun was stolen from Big R, located at 1550 Cass St. in Wabash, according to a probable cause affidavit.
The gun was located in a cage within the store that was only accessible by employees, the document continued.
After reviewing video footage, officers determined King, a store employee at the time, was connected to the crime, the court documents continued.
Officers also received information that King allegedly disposed of the firearm in the Wabash River, according to the affidavit.
On Thursday, March 2, King entered a preliminary plea of not guilty.
Trial dates have been set for June 20-21 at 9 a.m. with a pre-trail conference scheduled for May 22 at 1 p.m.