Police: Man finds thief on property

COVINGTON - A Newton County man apparently discovered a theft in progress on his property, so he took somewhat drastic measures to detain the suspect until law enforcement arrived, according to a Newton County Sheriff's Office incident report.

The report, completed by Deputy Marlon Pollard, states that he was called to a Tempie Road address where he was met by a complainant who told him a man in a black truck was stealing items from his property.

"He stated the subject tried to leave so he shot both rear tires out on the truck," the report states.

Pollard said he told the complainant he was going to follow the visible black tire marks that indicated the suspect's direction of travel was Ga. Highway 162, and he had not gone far when "the marks ended and I noticed a black Nissan truck in the ditch where the tracks ended."

The deputy made contact with the driver, asking him how he wound up in the ditch. "He stated he had two 'blow outs,'" the report states.

When confronted with information from the complainant, however, the suspect admitted that he was at the address, but he thought the items he took were "scrap."

Christopher James Moore, 26, of 3127 Floyd St., was arrested and charged with theft by taking and criminal trespass.

Barbara Knowles can be reached at barbara.knowles@newtoncitizen.com.