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2 behaving suspiciously near Carlisle bank arrested

A Nicholas County chief deputy sheriff might have thwarted a bank robbery Tuesday morning when he stopped to make a deposit.

It was about 9:15 a.m. Tuesday when Chief Deputy Sheriff Ben Buckler Sr., who was on duty, went to Deposit Bank of Carlisle at 102 East Main Street where he noticed a man and woman who had been sitting in a green Ford Taurus outside the bank for about half an hour.

Two things sparked Buckler's curiosity: The car did not have its registration tags, and it was backed into a spot that drivers typically don't attempt to back into because it's awkward.

Police searched the car and found drugs, a loaded 12-gauge shotgun, black bandannas and hooded sweatshirts.

Thomas Holder, 28, and Pamela Walters, 24, were charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance. Holder has served time in Kentucky and Ohio for armed robbery, Buckler said. Walters has been convicted on a felony shoplifting charge.

Holder and Walters, both of Owingsville, were being held Tuesday at the Montgomery County jail.

When the chief deputy sheriff approached the vehicle, Walters jumped into the back seat, Buckler said.

Buckler called Carlisle police for backup and drew his firearm. The two were arrested a short time later.

The bank is near the Nicholas County schools campus, so the school was locked down Tuesday while police investigated, Buckler said.