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HOmeless man charged in bank break-in

A homeless man was ordered bound over to Muscogee County Superior Court Tuesday after Columbus Police said he came through the roof of the drive-through at CB&T's North Highland branch at 3700 2nd Avenue about 9 a.m. Monday.

Anthony Jones, 49, was ordered held without bond on a burglary charge during a Recorder's Court hearing Tuesday. Bonds totalling $25,000 were set on charges of possession of a firearm during commission of a crime; possession of a firearm by a convicted felon; and possession of tools for commission of a crime. He is being held in the Muscogee County Jail.

The case is expected to be presented to a Muscogee County grand jury, Columbus Police Lt. Gil Slouchick said Tuesday.

The FBI is jointly working the case with Columbus Police. Slouchick said federal prosecutors are considering whether to handle it as a federal case.

Slouchick said police learned that Jones used a makeshift ladder to climb onto the roof of the bank's drive-through and used tools to come through the ceiling into the business, shortly before the bank was to open at 9:30 a.m. When employees in the drive-through section heard him moving around in the ceiling, he said they left the building and police were called.

Within minutes, Slouchick said police arrived and, with help of employees, apprehended the suspect as he walked out. No money or other property was reported taken. He said no one reported seeing Jones climb onto the roof.

Slouchick said Jones had a silver pistol on him when he came through the roof, but did not point it at anyone and apparently didn't have it on him at his arrest. But the pistol was recovered.

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