Woman hurt in daylight street theft

COVINGTON - A woman reported to the Covington Police Department that she was robbed while walking down Washington Street late Wednesday afternoon, according to an incident report completed by Officer G.B. Nuqui.

The woman called the CPD and said she was in front of 6125 Washington St. when she was approached by three unidentified black men.

The victim told Nuqui that she had just returned from cashing a check for $224.25 at the Chevron station on the corner of Washington and Emory streets.

"(The victim) purchased bread, two soft drinks, a bag of potato chips and left the store with $218.00," the report states. "As (the victim) left, she noticed three black males standing beside a vehicle in the parking lot of the gas station. As (she) walked on the left side of Washington Street, heading west, she noticed the vehicle occupied by the same three black males appeared to be following her."

She told Nuqui that just as she got to the front of a business down the street, the vehicle made a U-turn, stopping in front of her. The three men exited the car and approached her.

"(The victim) stated she clenched her hands closed, holding her money and keys, with her arms crossed. (She) stated one of the males stated, 'I know you're a drug dealer,' (and) then grabbed her, assisted by one other male. (She) said the suspects pried money and a mace keychain from her hands, then pushed her to the ground," according to the report.

The woman told Nuqui the three headed east on Washington Street and were in what she believed to be a gray 1993 Ford Taurus.

The victim said she managed to hold onto a $100 bill, but the suspects took $118 and her groceries.

The men were described as in their late 20s to early 30s, wearing dark clothing and all wearing baseball caps turned backward. They were of slim build, ranging from 5 feet, 11 inches to 6 feet, 2 inches. Two of them were light complexioned and one had a dark complexion.

The woman's shoulder was bruised as a result of the incident.

Police ask that anyone with information as to the identity or whereabouts of the suspects in this case to call the CPD at 770-786-7605. Tips can be given to the CPD anonymously by visiting its Web site at www.covingtonpolice.com and clicking on "Most Wanted" and then "Anonymous Tips."

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