Robber decides to take jewelry in lieu of vehicle

COVINGTON - A woman living on Lakeview Trail said she was the victim of a strong-arm robbery in the driveway of her home, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

The victim, who is 39, told NCSO deputies she stopped her car in her driveway about 8:30 Thursday night and went to her mailbox. She said about the time she sat back down in her vehicle, a blue GMC Yukon pulled up at the end of her drive.

"A black male, described as being in his early 20s with a short haircut and wearing an earring, got out of the Yukon and told her he was taking her vehicle," NCSO spokesman Investigator Sharron Stewart said. "She said she must have looked confused, and he then asked her if she had LoJack."

The LoJack Stolen Vehicle Recovery System includes a small radio frequency transceiver hidden inside a vehicle. Each system has a unique code that is tied to the vehicle identification number (VIN). When a vehicle theft is reported to the police, a routine entry into the state police crime computer results in a match of the LoJack System's code against the state VIN database. This automatically activates the LoJack Unit in the vehicle, which emits an inaudible signal. Law enforcement authorities who are equipped with LoJack Police Tracking Computers in their police cars listen for a LoJack signal and when they hear one, it directs them to the location of the stolen vehicle.

The victim told the man that her vehicle was equipped with LoJack and she said he then yanked a diamond necklace from her neck. The necklace is valued at $2,000. She said the robber then demanded she give him her wedding rings. She valued the rings at $10,000.

The suspect returned to the Yukon where another man was waiting to drive away.

The woman was unharmed in the incident.

Barbara Knowles can be reached at barbara.knowles@newtoncitizen.com.