ALEXANDER COUNTY -- A Cairo bank has repossessed the Alexander County Sheriff's Department's fleet of squad cars.
According to a news release issued Tuesday from Sheriff David Barkett, five patrol cars were repossessed by First National Bank in Cairo after defaulting because of non-payment.
Alexander County Board Chairman Mike Caldwell received the letter from the bank on Friday and after a conversation with the bank, the five vehicles were turned over on Tuesday.
The department was recently forced to lay off 11 employees, 75 percent of their workforce, because of budget restraints within the county. Their duties became limited to security in the courthouse and inmate transportation.
Barkett was unavailable for comment Tuesday afternoon.