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Burglary nets thieves $9,000 in cash, goods

COVINGTON - The Newton County Sheriff's Office is investigating a home burglary in which the culprits made off with more than $9,000 in cash, electronics and jewelry, according to Investigator Sharron Stewart.

The burglary took place at a home in the Cypress Point subdivision. The homeowner called the NCSO on Saturday evening to say that multiple items had been taken from her home sometime between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m.

Stewart said an investigation showed there was no forced entry into the residence, but the thieves apparently entered an open garage door by backing in their vehicle, closing the garage door and then entering the home through an open door inside the garage.

She said investigators are looking into the possibility that the burglars are acquaintances of the victim.

A neighbor told investigators she saw a "suspicious" champagne-colored vehicle at the house just prior to the homeowner's arrival, but did not get a tag number.

Among the items listed missing by the homeowner were two plasma TVs, two laptop computers, gold and diamond jewelry valued at $1,450, numerous electronic games and $3,200 in cash.

The total cash value of the items stolen was estimated to be $9,130, which Stewart classified as unusually large for a residential burglary. The investigation is ongoing.