Covington man charged in Conyers burglary

CONYERS - Rarely do two separate incidents connect with each other as closely as they did for the Conyers Police Department on Friday, resulting in the arrest of a Covington man on burglary and firearm charges.

Police responded to a house burglary in the 1100 block of Railroad Street at about

2:15 p.m. Friday, where the homeowner reported several items were missing, including a 9mm pistol.

According to Conyers Police Chief David Cathcart, the homeowner told officers he came home and found his front door kicked in and jewelry, a handgun and other items were gone.

Less than an hour later, police responded to a shots fired call less than half a mile away at a used car lot near Needmore and Green streets. Officers noticed three young men around the business when they arrived.

"They go to that call and make contact with a group of guys who apparently had shot a gun in the air," Cathcart said, "and after investigating it further learned that one of the parties in that group was one of the ones who had broken into the house and the gun that was being shot was the pistol taken out of the residence."

Cathcart said the police officers zeroed in on one of the men, identified as Rontarus Eubanks, 17, of 10127 Puckett St., Covington.

Cathcart said Eubanks was found behind the business on Green Street with a backpack and what appeared to be a gun in his hand. The weapon turned out to be a BB gun. However, officers found the gun that had been reported missing inside the backpack along with all of the items reported stolen from the burglary and more that the resident did not realize were missing.

Also, shoe prints found at the house and around where the door was kicked in allegedly matched the shoes Eubanks was wearing when officers approached him on Green Street, Cathcart said.

Eubanks was taken into custody and charged with burglary, possession of a firearm by a person under 18 years old, reckless conduct, discharging a firearm near a public street, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime and possession of less than an ounce of marijuana, Cathcart said.

The two other men were not arrested, Cathcart said.

Eubanks was transported to the Rockdale County Jail where he was still being held Monday as he waited for a bond hearing, according to jail officials.

In other news, Conyers Police reported an aggravated assault Saturday in the 1700 block of Bob White Lane stemming from a domestic dispute. Cathcart said a woman got into a verbal argument with her boyfriend and followed him out to his vehicle parked in the driveway.

She allegedly threw a plastic water bottle that hit the windshield of the boyfriend's vehicle, as the boyfriend attempted to leave. The boyfriend then allegedly drove forward and struck the woman with his vehicle before backing out, Cathcart said.

The woman was taken to Rockdale Medical Center where she was treated and released. Cathcart said the couple was notified of the process for filing a temporary protection order and no charges were filed.

Jay Jones can be reached at jay.jones