On the beat: Thief still not caught up with digital age

On the Beat is an occasional reporting of various crimes and complaints confronted by law enforcement personnel in Newton County in the course of their duties. It is compiled by News Editor Barbara Knowles, who can be reached at barbara.knowles@newtoncitizen.com.

Retro thief

A thief who is apparently less than up-to-date broke into a house and stole several VHS movies and some record albums.

Mixed up thief

A woman reported to the NCSO that Mike took her night gowns. No arrests have been made.

Disappointed thief

A man reported to the NCSO that someone stole his 1979 Chevy truck. He said the truck did not have a transmission.


A woman reported to the NCSO that someone had crawled under her house and disconnected her water heater.

Tax dollars at work

NCSO deputies were called around 1:45 a.m. to settle a dispute between a woman and her young son who was refusing to do his chores. The woman said she and the young man had been in the kitchen since 9 p.m. when he ate his dinner and decided to wash his clothes. His mother told him it was too late to wash his clothes because he had to wash dishes. He didn't want to wash the dishes because they were left from a party his mother had earlier. No arrest was made and there was no word on whether the dishes or the clothes got clean first.

Lost and not found

A man reported to the Covington Police Department that someone had stolen his wallet while he was in the pharmacy area of Wal-Mart. He told officers he placed his wallet containing $3,283 on the counter and someone took it. Officers searched video surveillance tapes and identified a woman who took the wallet from the counter and placed it in a Wal-Mart shopping bag. She then left the store.

Officers caught up with her a short time later at her home and recovered $2,231 - $952 less than the man claimed to have lost.

· Another man reported his wallet was also stolen while he was using the self-checkout line at Wal-Mart. His empty wallet was located in the parking lot, and by looking at video surveillance tape, police were able to see a woman take the wallet. The man had apparently put his wallet down, picked up his groceries and left the store. The woman who took it was the next person in line and she must have assumed he left it for her. The wallet contained between $90 and $120.

· A woman reported she lost her wallet at Beauty and Wigs and discovered it was missing after she left the store. Police watched surveillance tape that showed someone pick up the wallet from the floor of the store, hold it up and appear to ask if the wallet belonged to anyone there. A second woman wearing a light blue shirt and black pants claimed it was hers and left the store with it.

· A traveler notified the CPD that she left her purse in the bathroom at the RaceWay gas station on U.S. Highway 278 in Covington but didn't discover it was missing until she got to the Atlanta airport. She took a cab from the airport back to RaceWay, but the purse was long gone. The purse contained approximately $150 in British pounds and assorted personal items.

Must've missed a turn

A Newton County Sheriff's Office deputy stopped a car on Crowell Road after he noticed it weaving. Once stopped, the deputy reported that the driver appeared "disoriented," and instead of handing him his driver's license, the deputy received two credit cards and a government identification card.

The officer pointed out to the driver that he had observed him weaving and the man told him that he was coming from a night club in Decatur and was trying to get home to Conyers. Since going to Conyers from Decatur by way of Newton County is not a very good plan, the officer next asked the man if he knew where he was. He replied, "I'm in Alabama looking for a gas station."

He was arrested and charged with DUI.

Bad sport

A man reported to the CPD that he and his buddy were playing cards and for no apparent reason, his friend stood up and popped him in the mouth. He sustained a busted lip.

What are orange cones for?

A woman driving on Ga. Highway 81 called the NCSO to report that she got tar on her tires as she drove toward Covington. She said she didn't see any signs advising her she was in a construction zone. She said the tar on her tires made her car handle erratically.

An employee with the construction company stated there were signs and cones in the road telling drivers to wait for a pilot car; however, if after driving for a few miles, the tar remained on the woman's tires, he would have it removed.

Thirsty guy

A couple who had apparently spent their evening shoplifting at Kroger were no doubt dismayed to see a CPD police car following them when they reached the area near Emory Street and The Depot.

Things got worse when the couple's car cut out on them and they had to stop and talk to the police. When the man was told he was being stopped because of a shoplifting, he told the officers, "I didn't steal anything. My wife was the one who took the items."

The store manager told a different story saying that the man had filled his buggy with more than a $100 worth of beer, candy and soft drinks including Sunkist Orange, Pepsi, Mountain Dew and Dr. Pepper and attempted to leave the store without paying for it.

· Another stand-up guy, who was stopped for driving with a broken windshield, but was later found to have an outstanding warrant, a concealed weapon and marijuana, explained to the officer why he happened to be headed in the opposite direction of where he said he was going. "I know it's the wrong way, but my wife insisted this is shorter."

Impressing the in-laws

A woman reported to the NCSO that her daughter's boyfriend threw a beer bottle through her window.


A woman got a ticket for illegal dumping after NCSO deputies found several garbage bags, beer cartons and five empty pizza boxes dumped in a new subdivision. Her name and address were on the pizza boxes. She said "one of the other people living in her home" must have done it.

Food fight

A man called the NCSO to report a problem with neighborhood youngsters who are throwing eggs, plums and onions in his yard.

· Another man complained to the NCSO that persons unknown threw strawberries and eggs at his home.

Easy pickin's

A woman reported that a 2.35-carat diamond ring valued at $2,750 was stolen from the console of her car. She told the officer the doors of the car were unlocked so there was no damage to the vehicle.

A monthly problem

A man reported that about once a month in his neighborhood someone shoots off somewhere between 40 and 100 rounds of ammunition.