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Cops make arrests in burglaries

COVINGTON - The quick action of neighbors and deputies from the Newton County Sheriff's Office resulted in three arrests Friday night following a string of burglaries in the River Walk subdivision, off Dearing Road.

NCSO spokesman Lt. Mark Mitchell said deputies were called to the subdivision about 9 p.m. by a homeowner reporting a burglary.

"When officers arrived, they learned there were multiple burglaries in the area," Mitchell said. "Officers found some vacant homes that were burglarized and other homes where homeowners weren't there broken into."

Mitchell said there was a total of eight burglaries that had taken place that night in the area.

Instead of leaving the area after details of the burglaries were taken down, Mitchell said deputies stayed there, heavily patrolling the area.

"Around 10:15, they ran up on a suspicious vehicle on Kestrel Circle," Mitchell said.

The deputies spotted a parked car with three individuals standing outside and two men inside the vehicle.

"The quick action by both officers made it possible for them to 'investigatively detain' the individuals so they were able to stop them as they began to pull off," Mitchell said. "As soon as one of the officers got out of the car, he noticed two flat screen TVs in the back seat."

Those televisions and other home appliances were recovered from the vehicle and were identified as items from the burglaries, he said.

Three of the five were arrested and charged with theft by receiving stolen property, while the other two were taken into custody for questioning but have not been charged in connection with the burglaries.

Dorian Pursley, 18, of Decatur; Lonnie Simmons, 17, of Decatur; and Dontravious Slaton, 17, of Covington were arrested. They are being held at the Newton County Detention Center on $5,000 bond.

"Neighbors assisted the officers with this situation," Mitchell said. "It was a group effort between the sheriff's office and the citizens of that subdivision working together."

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