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Man arrested after trying to break into store

By WRCB Staff

BRADLEY COUNTY, TN (WRCB) -- A man who gave up after several unsuccessful attempts to force entry into a Prospect store is also tied to thefts from two homes in south Bradley County.

An investigation taking several days to complete led Bradley County Sheriff's detectives to Cody Dewayne Ballinger.

The 20-year-old suspect was first charged with multiple attempts to force entry into Collins Market on Harrison Pike.  During the investigation detectives discovered attempts to kick open two doors, pry the lock off the front door, and knock a hole in an exterior wall.

Ballinger is additionally charged with entering an outbuilding on Hannah Road a short distance from the store. Two extension cords were taken.

Ballinger is tied to a theft of jewelry and medication from two homes on Lead Mine Valley Road.  The jewelry was pawned and has since been returned to the owner.

Ballinger faces burglary, attempted burglary, theft and vandalism charges.

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