Columbus police recover gun stolen from firearms shop

Photo courtesy of Columbus Police Department.
Gary L. Gillis. Photo courtesy of Columbus Police Department.

Columbus police have recovered a gun stolen from a local gun store last year and arrested the person who had it.

Officers received tips that led them to obtain a search warrant for a home in the 2200 block of Park Avenue. During a search Tuesday afternoon, they found the stolen gun in a tent occupied by 52-year-old Gary L. GIllis of Columbus. He was taken into custody without incident. He is facing charges of theft and possession of a handgun by a serious violent felon.

The gun was a collectible Les Baer Custom .45 caliber pistol that had been reported stolen from Watson Chambers Defense Institute in July.