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Authorities investigating Shell burglary

COVINGTON - In yet another case of smash-and-grab, the Newton County Sheriff's Office was summoned to Shell Food Mart at 14656 Brown Bridge Road when a burglar alarm began sounding about 4 a.m. June 1.

Deputy Christopher Bowles said there was glass and other items on the floor.

He looked at the store video surveillance and was able to see someone entering the store wearing a dark-colored jacket, black gloves and a dark cloth covering his face.

"The unknown suspect was carrying what appeared to be a pick axe and pushing a light green rolling trash can," Bowles reported.

It was immediately apparent that $400 in rolled coins and an assortment of cigarettes was taken. Other missing items were to be reported at a later date by the store owner.

In other crime news, a 21-year-old man called the Newton County Sheriff's Office to report he had been beaten and robbed, but had no other memory of the incident.

The incident apparently happened at 30 Cattleman Way, about 10 p.m. May 29, according to a NCSO incident report, but the victim said he didn't know how he got to that location.

The deputy observed that the man was bleeding from the head and had a broken lower tooth and he was transported by ambulance for medical treatment.

The investigation into the incident is continuing.

A Brown Bridge Road resident notified the NCSO about 12:30 p.m. June 2 that he had gone to a neighbor's house to discuss a dog he had recently purchased and the discussion apparently evolved into a dispute.

He said when he got in his vehicle and tried to leave the residence, the neighbor got into his car, along with a passenger, and ran into his vehicle. He said the passenger then pulled a gun and shot off two rounds, one striking his windshield.

The deputy noted there was visible damage to the vehicle.

The alleged suspect was not at the location by the time deputies arrived, and according to NCSO Investigator spokesman Sharron Stewart, charges are pending.