The following press release has been issued by Clay County Sheriff's Office. All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
On the morning of Monday August 21, 2017, around 4:30, Clay County Sheriff deputies responded to Swaims Road in reference to a breaking and entering in progress. Sheriff Vic Davis said, when the deputies arrived they encountered a man who appeared to be working on a vehicle. While one of the deputies spoke to the man, the other spoke with the owner of the residence.
The owner of the residence said she heard someone outside and then saw someone with a flashlight on her back porch looking through the window; then she heard a loud banging. The deputies discovered that sound was where the man had tried to break in through the back door.
The man, Billy Farquhar, provided a story of trying to get the vehicle he was “working on” started for another man that was in custody in Georgia; and that she was also just checking on the house for the same man. Deputies were able to make contact with that man and confirm the story was false. They also discovered frozen food items that had been stolen from a freezer in a shed, and that the owner’s vehicle had been broken into.
Sheriff Davis said, Farquhar, 38 of Murphy, was arrested and charged with two counts of Felony Breaking and Entering and one count of Felony Breaking and Entering of a Motor Vehicle. He is currently being held in the Clay County Detention Center under a $30,000 bond and has a September 11, 2017, court date.
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