On the Beat is an occasional reporting of various crimes and complaints confronted by law enforcement personnel in Newton County and Rockdale County in the course of their duties. It is compiled by News Editor Barbara Knowles, who can be reached at email@example.com.
Now that's cold
A woman called the Covington Police Department to report that her juvenile nephew and cousin had been robbed of their coats. The officer spoke with the victims, and they told him they were in the area of West and Ivy streets when they were approached by a male they knew. When they started to walk away from him, he reached into the front of his pants as if he had a firearm in his pocket and told them to give him their jackets.
They turned over their coats to him and one of the juveniles mustered up enough courage to ask if he could get his cell phone out of his coat pocket. He was allowed to retrieve his phone, but the other victim, whose phone was also in his coat pocket, was told he couldn't have his.
The phone was a Metro PCS model, valued at $100. The coats were an orange "M&Ms" jacket, valued at $150, and a camouflage jacket valued at $80. The investigation into the incident is continuing.
No serenity here
Rockdale County Sheriff's Office deputies were called to the site of an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting on Salem Road and were met by a man who said he was assaulted by another man attending the meeting.
He said while he was in the meeting, the man approached him and asked if he could have a word with him outside. When he got outside, he said the man called his girlfriend a tramp and hit him in the face.
The alleged hitter, however, said he was "set up" because the woman had been calling him and the other man swung first.
Both men were charged with fighting in a public place.
A woman, whose tastes apparently run to the horror genre but was thoughtful enough to get something for the kiddies as well, was arrested at Kmart after a loss prevention officer spotted her concealing several DVDs with a total value of $107.93. She attempted to leave the store without paying for such popular flicks as "Texas Chainsaw Massacre," "Pulse," "The Happening," "A Nightmare on Elm Street," "Halloween Unrated," "Return to House on Haunted Hill," "Grandma's Boy" and "Thomas and Friends - Calling all Engines."
A Conyers police officer was called to a house on Bryant Street to investigate a man who the caller said was "acting funny." When officers arrived at the residence, a man opened the door just a crack, and when they asked if they could enter, he stepped aside and went into a bedroom. The woman who had called was standing in the living room, and while they were talking to her, the officers said they could see the man "peeking out from around the bedroom door."
Again, the woman said the man was "acting funny" and had told her he was going to "jump on her." She said the reason he was at the house in the first place was because her boyfriend had gotten out of jail that day and she was "nervous and upset" and asked him to come sit with her in case the boyfriend showed up.
The officers called him out of the room and located a gun inside. Further investigation revealed that the man was wanted on probation violation for charges of violation of the Georgia Controlled Substances Act and possession of a handgun by a convicted felon. He went to jail.
Dinner is served
A man called the CPD to report he was selling meat from a freezer in front of QuikTrip on U.S. Highway 278 when he was approached by a woman driving a Cadillac Escalade who said she wanted to buy some food. He loaded up her car with eight New York strip steaks, a bag of shrimp, a bag of salmon and two bags of chicken breasts. She drove off without paying him.
· A man called the CPD and told them he'd witnessed a driver strike a deer in the area of Piper Street and U.S. 278. He said the deer was still alive, but suffering, and he'd like to have it. The officer put the deer out of its misery and the man left the scene with it, apparently intent on putting it in his freezer.
Try not to be obvious
An officer was called to the Chevron gas station on Flat Shoals Road, but in making the investigation he noticed a Cadillac exit the parking lot quickly upon spotting him. This behavior caught the deputy's attention, and he followed the vehicle. When he stopped the car and asked the driver for his license, it turned out he didn't have one. The Cadillac driver's license was suspended for non-payment of child support. He was taken to jail.
· Just as a deputy passed Deep Step Road westbound on U.S. 278, he noticed a car pull up to the stop sign. The car didn't continue on until the deputy was well past, which caused the deputy to wonder. He pulled off the road and waited for the vehicle to pass and ran the tag through the computer system. It came back that the registration on the vehicle was suspended and there was no valid insurance. He stopped the driver and discovered that she had an outstanding warrant as well. She was taken to jail.
A good excuse
A woman told CPD officers that she was robbed after going to the ATM at a local grocery store, but detectives discovered that she made up the story. When confronted, the woman told them she did it because she didn't want to go to work the next day. She was arrested and charged with false report of a crime. She may not have to go to work for quite a few days.