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On the beat: Covington police catch shoe theft suspects

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.

New kicks

Covington Police officers were summoned to the Shoe Depot in Newton Plaza on Monday about 3:30 p.m. after a report of a shoplifting had been phoned in. Perpetrators were seen fleeing in a small, blue vehicle and, according to an incident report, officers were able to make a traffic stop and found a driver and a passenger inside the car.

One of the responding officers reported seeing a pair of red, white and black Nike tennis shoes and a pair of gray, white and black Nike tennis shoes with paper still stuffed inside the shoes on the floorboard of the car. Also noted was that the passenger was wearing a brand new pair of white, silver and black Nike tennis shoes.

The passenger was taken back to the store and identified as being the person who dumped about a dozen boxes of shoes on the floor and then left the store. The clerk said when she picked up the mess, she found she had more boxes than shoes to fill them. The two pairs found in the car were given back to the store clerk, but she said she was still missing one pair of shoes. The officers asked her to describe the missing shoes and she said they were Nikes "white, silver and black" in color.

One of the officers then went out to the patrol unit where the suspect was waiting in handcuffs and removed the shoes from his feet. He asked the officer if she'd mind bringing his old shoes that he left in the store out to him. It was also discovered he had an outstanding warrant. He went to jail wearing his old shoes.

Not doing his job

A woman called the Newton County Sheriff's Office to report that someone broke into her daughter's room through an outside window and stole a computer. She said a pit bull was in the room. Apparently he wasn't talking.

A bit late

A woman called the NCSO on April 9 to say that she found drug-related items in her daughter's room back in June 2008.

Unauthorized landscaping

The owner of the Royal Palace restaurant on U.S. Highway 278 called the CPD to state someone had cut the limbs to approximately 10 trees on her property without her permission.

· A woman called the NCSO to report the theft of 10 Leyland cypress trees that were planted on her property. Estimated value was $135.

Storm damage

A man notified the NCSO that he suffered storm damages with a pretty hefty price tag. Damages were as follows: a motor home, $200,000; split rail fence, $2,000; utility building, $50,000; enclosed trailer, $3,000; horse trailer, $10,000.

Car wash theft

A woman called the NCSO to report her $7,000 diamond ring was stolen at the car wash.

I'll take that one

An employee of Radio Shack called the NCSO and reported a camera valued at $149.99 had gone missing immediately after a 10-year-old boy inquired of a clerk if that camera took AA batteries. He told her he was shopping at Newton Plaza with his "auntie." Immediately after the youngster left the store, it was noticed that the camera was missing. The clerk saw him outside speaking with a woman believed to be his "auntie," and motioned for the youngster to come back into the store. He came back and emptied his pockets, but no camera was found. "Auntie" stayed put and didn't go back to the store with the boy.

· A man went to PC After Dark to pick up his computer he put in for repair and found it had already been picked up. He called the CPD. The store clerk said a man who identified himself came into the store and gave the first man's name and said he was there to pick up his "unfixed" computer and that he had permission to do so.

Who, me?

CPD officers responded to the report of a fight at The Depot on Emory Street, but by the time they arrived the fight had broken up and everyone was pointing at one of the combatants saying, "The guy in the Braves jersey did it." The officers found that apparently the man had poured beer on one of the other men and then went to the white Ford Mustang belonging to a third man and proceeded to step up on the hood of the car, walk over the windshield and onto the roof before jumping off. He then "punched" the mirror of another vehicle.

Officers reported they matched footprints on the vehicle with the pattern on the bottom of the man's shoes and arrested him for public intoxication and damage to property.

"I don't even remember walking on any cars," the man was heard to say as he was taken to jail.

Got it all

A woman reported to the NCSO that her home was burglarized. Taken were a couch and love seat valued at $1,700; coffee tables valued at $400; lamps valued at $150; an entire bedroom suite including a mattress and box springs valued at $5,000; a movie couch valued at $800; a kitchen table and chairs valued at $400; and a stainless steel refrigerator valued at $1,200.