Men robbed outside hatchery

COVINGTON - Two men were robbed at gunpoint earlier this week as they sat in the loading dock of a local chick hatchery.

According to Lt. Bill Watterson, spokesman for the Newton County Sheriff's Office, the victims were parked in a truck at Hy-Line North America on Ga. Highway 213 just before 8 p.m. Monday, when they were approached by a black man, who had his face covered and was wearing all black clothing.

The suspect then pulled the driver, a 30-year-old Newborn man, out of the vehicle at gunpoint.

"The suspect got (the victim) down and said if he looked at him, he would shoot him," Watterson said.

The gunman took his cash and wallet and told him to lie face down on the ground, at which point he reportedly went to the other side of the truck and pulled the passenger, a 46-year-old Jackson man, out.

After taking the second victim's wallet and cash, the robber, who was described as having the voice of an older man, again told the victims to lie face down on the ground. He then fled on foot.

Upon arriving at the scene, deputies and investigators canvassed the area for

clues and were able to recover one of the victim's wallets.

Authorities ask that anyone with information as the whereabouts or identity of the suspect to call the NCSO at 678-625-1403. Tips can be given to the NCSO anonymously at 678-625-5007 or through the Web at www.newtonsheriffga.org by clicking on "anonymous tip line." Those who want a response from NCSO personnel should leave contact information.

Joel Griffin can be reached at joel.griffin@newtoncitizen.com.