Appliances, copper stolen from houses

COVINGTON - Two houses under construction in Newton County were stripped of more than $9,000 worth of appliances and copper by thieves earlier this week.

The theft was discovered after the contractor who was working on both of the residences on Lang Drive arrived to do some work on them Monday morning, according to two Newton County Sheriff's Office incident reports completed by Deputy Debbie Torbett.

The unknown perpetrators reportedly took the air conditioning units and hot water heaters from both residences, as well as the interior components and copper wiring from their attic air conditioning handlers. A kitchen chandelier and toilet also were reported missing from one of the residences, Torbett said.

The homes also were vandalized. An arrow was found sticking out of the interior wall of one of the living rooms, and the house's exterior also had been damaged in numerous places by other projectiles, causing damage to the siding.

According to the incident reports, there are no known suspects.

Authorities ask that anyone with information about this incident to call the NCSO at 678-625-1403. Tips can be given to the NCSO anonymously at 678-625-5007 or through their Web at www.newtonsheriffga.org and 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.