Photo from Henry County Sheriff's Office. It's believed this is Farmer in a recent break-in in their area.
by Emily Luxen
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. - Clarksville police are asking for the public's help in catching a man they describe as a career criminal.
Ray Farmer, 57, was released from the Tennessee Department of Corrections to a halfway house in July 2012 after serving five and a half years for burglary. He returned to the Clarksville area in September 2012, and since then, he has collected 28 warrants in the area.
"Every time we turn around he's breaking in," said Clarksville Police Spokesperson Jim Knoll. "We get hot leads, we follow him, and he's gone again."
Farmer's latest target was the State Line Bar where he broke in, damaged an ATM, destroyed an alarm system and took money.
"Mostly what he did was make me have to do a lot of repairs," said owner Coleen Higgins. "To be a small business just trying to make it, and have somebody do that to you. It's hard."
Police said during his crime spree, Farmer has caused tens of thousands of dollars of damage to buildings or alarm systems and taken thousands of dollars of money or merchandise. He often follows the same patterns. He breaks into closed businesses, uses a crowbar to break doors, and disables the alarm system.
Multiple law enforcement agencies in Kentucky and Tennessee are working together to locate and capture Farmer, but he still remains at large.
"Any lead we get we follow. Any clue we get we follow. We get a tip we follow it," said Knoll. "We're going to catch up to him."
After local media aired the story, Clarksville Police said Friday that they had received calls from a business in Joelton and from the Henry County Sheriff's Office implicating Farmer in burglaries.
Clarksville Police Department asks that anyone with information call TIPSLINE at 931-645-8477, or your local law enforcement office.