On the Beat: Man steals $150 in lotto tickets

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.

If you win, you lose

Another genius robbed a service station, taking approximately $150 worth of lottery tickets. A large piece of concrete had been heaved through a window. The suspect - a black man described as 5 feet, 8 to 9 inches tall, weighing approximately 170 to 190 pounds, wearing a dark blue hooded shirt, baggy blue jeans with a colored logo or design on the left leg and black shiny boots or shoes - was clearly seen on video surveillance tape taking the tickets.

Newton County Sheriff's Office deputies are hoping he hits the mother lode, because if he claims the money, they can nab him. Duh?

Medicinal purposes only

A woman flagged down a Covington police officer, asking for directions to the tag office. When the officer approached the woman's car to give directions, he smelled the all-too-familiar "strong odor of marijuana."

At first the woman was perplexed that the officer should question her about marijuana, but when another officer arrived and found a "green leafy substance" in plain view on the front seat, she explained that her doctor had prescribed it to her because she was taking so many other medications it helped her "cope." Her next coping challenge was in jail.

Ride 'em cowboy

Some time after the Bill Pickett Rodeo at the Georgia International Horse Park concluded Saturday night, two men decided they wanted to try their hand at horse racing. They mounted their trusty steeds and took off at a gallop behind the Charles Walker Arena. The horse was willing, but one of the riders apparently wasn't up to the challenge - he fell off his horse onto a Dodge Magnum, damaging the front fender. He was treated and released at an area hospital.

Long gone

A man notified the NCSO that he had allowed a prospective buyer to take a vehicle he owned for a test drive. The person must have kept on driving because it was never returned.

It wasn't me, officer

A man who made an illegal U-turn on U.S. Highway 278 vowed he'd only had "a couple" of drinks at the Depot. He couldn't pass a field sobriety test and when the officer explained to him that he was stopped initially because of the improper U-turn (i.e. he was going in one direction and turned around and went the other way), he said, "I didn't even go that way. I just turned right."

Tomorrow's another day

A CPD officer noticed a man on foot and later in a vehicle loitering behind an apartment about 5 a.m. When the officer asked him what he was doing, the man said he was lost. He explained he was from out of town and was looking for a store where he could buy some power steering fluid. The officer suggested he try QuikTrip or Wal-Mart, to which the man said he thought he'd just forget it for now and get it "tomorrow." He was taken to jail.

Not in front of the cop

A woman called the NCSO to report her husband was drunk and she wanted him to leave the residence. When deputies arrived, they found the couple in the bedroom and witnessed the man pick up a fork that was lying on the bed, point it at his wife and say, "I got something for you." He left the residence and went to jail.

Just a little dessert

NCSO deputies were called to a convenience store about 3 a.m. after the manager reported a man who appeared to be under the influence was walking around his store and asking to use the phone. When deputies arrived they asked if he was in need of a ride or some kind of help. He explained that his car was stuck in the woods - found later to be at a vacant lot on Salem Road. Deputies observed the man's involuntary body movements and asked if by chance he'd used any illegal narcotics lately.

The man admitted he had used methamphetamine at lunchtime while at work. More meth was later found in his vehicle. He, too, took a trip to jail.