Criminal remains at large after causing thousands in damages - WKRN News 2

Criminal remains at large after causing thousands in damages

Posted: Updated: Jan 31, 2013 09:34 PM

A Clarksville man faces a long list of charges after a crime spree spanning several counties in Tennessee and Kentucky.

According to police, Ray Farmer was released from the Tennessee Department of Corrections to a halfway house in July 2012 after serving approximately five and a half years for burglary.

Farmer left the halfway house prior to completion of his time and went back to Clarksville in September 2012.

Since he left the halfway house, Farmer has collected at least 28 warrants out of Montgomery and Davidson counties, as well as Trigg and Todd counties in Kentucky.

The majority of the warrants are felonies.  

The latest warrants secured were for burglary of a commercial business, The State Line Bar #2 on January 21 at the Tennessee-Kentucky line.  

"I was extremely upset and for the life of me I had no idea who would have done it," bar owner Coleen Higgins said. "You see we are a very tight knit group."

The bar is equipped with several surveillance cameras and an alarm system. Higgins said the cameras captured Farmer prying open the front door with a crowbar and then stealing from the bar.

"We turned on the video and the police knew exactly who did it as soon as they turned on the video," Higgins said. "I had no clue who he was."

According to Higgins, Farmer stole some coins, an ATM and a couple bottles of water. However, the damage he did to her business cost her a lot more.

Her front door had to be replaced. He also ripped the alarm system from the wall and damaged a camera inside the bar.

It is a characteristic of Farmer's break-ins police said other victims suffered.

They said he has caused tens of thousands of dollars of damage to buildings or alarm systems and taken thousands of dollars of money or merchandise.

Law enforcement agencies in Kentucky and Tennessee have been working together in an effort to locate and capture Farmer, but he still remains at large.

Clarksville police said Farmer often spends time at a business during its operating hours to case the location and then returns after the business closes to steal.

Investigators said he normally breaks in to a business over the weekend.

Higgins said Farmer should turn himself into police.

"It is over you are hurting little people why?" She said. "Just turn yourself in. You have gotten enough. You have stolen enough from all of us."

The Clarksville Police Department asks that anyone with information call their tips line at 931-645-8477.

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