COVINGTON - A Newton High School teacher reported her car was taken from the school parking lot on March 25, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.
Lt. Tyrone Oliver said the woman reported her missing vehicle to the front office around 1:30 p.m. after discovering her car key was broken off her key ring.
"She didn't know what part of the day this happened," Oliver said, adding that the teacher said upon finding the key missing she went to the parking lot to check on her vehicle and found it missing.
A short time later the missing 2007 Black Dodge Charger, valued at $21,000, was discovered on a nearby street, Oliver said.
The vehicle was returned to the owner with no damages and all the contents inside intact, he said.
A 16-year-old NHS student is now being questioned in connection with the theft.
An alert Porterdale Elementary School administrator notified the NCSO on March 30 that an unidentified male was on the playground at the school.
"She thought he might be a high school student," Oliver said. Deputies arrived at the school and saw the male "squatting down in the woodline," he said.
When questioned, it was determined the male was a 15-year-old NHS student who had been suspended and sent to Sharp Learning Center. When searched, the teen was found to have a pocket knife in his possession and was charged with having a weapon in a school safety zone.
Three female students were arrested following a fight in the school bus line at Alcovy High School on the afternoon of March 30, Oliver said.
School resource officers immediately moved in to break up the altercation, arresting and charging all three of the girls, ages 14, 15 and 16, with obstruction of a law enforcement officer and disruption of the operation of a public school. The 14-year-old student also received an additional charge of simple battery.
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