Suspect nabbed after break-in at Farmer’s Bank branch office

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By Kristin Sherrard

The News-Democrat

A man who broke into the Carrollton branch of the Farmer’s Bank of Milton during the early morning hours of Thursday, Feb. 24 was arrested soon after by the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office and the Carrollton Police Department.
James Ferrell, 31, originally from Owen County was charged with burglary third degree and criminal mischief first degree. He is being held at the Carroll County Detention Center on a $25,000 cash bond.
A security alarm was activated at about 3 a.m. at the branch located on Hwy. 227. Sheriff Jamie Kinman said CPD Sgt. Rick Jackson made the initial response to the alarm. Upon arrival, he determined the southeast window of the bank had been broken with a rock and called for backup.
Kinman and CPD Assistant Chief Steve Abbott responded and were traveling south on Hwy. 227 when they encountered Ferrell walking north on the roadway. Both officers spoke to Ferrell and ultimately took him into custody after noticing some evidence on his person, Kinman said. Ferrell was read his rights and then taken back to the bank where Kinman and Abbott watched the surveillance tape and confirmed they had the right suspect.
Kinman said nothing was taken from the bank.