NCSO: 2 arrested during theft in progress

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.

Doesn't work like that, son

The Newton County Sheriff's Office was dispatched to a theft in progress in Oxford and when deputies arrived on the scene the Oxford Police chief had two suspects in custody. The men were seen moving a pile of rebar that didn't belong to them to a nearby truck.

The deputies arrested the two suspects, but one of them had a concern. "(He) stated he was going to prison in three days for burglary and stolen auto and wanted to know if this would stop him from going to prison," the incident report states.

Funny money

The Conyers Police were notified that a woman attempted to pay for her chicken dinner at Kentucky Fried Chicken with a $100 bill. The clerk said the woman asked, "Do you have change for a $100 bill?" and the clerk said, "Maybe," but when she checked her currency verification device, she added, "But not for yours! Yours is a fake bill!" The woman drove off, leaving money and chicken behind.

· The Covington Police were notified that a woman was attempting to pay for a milkshake at Arby's with a counterfeit $10 bill. She told officers she was given the bill as change when she purchased vodka at a package store. She also provided them officers with three $1 bills that she had received from the package store which she suspected were counterfeit as well.

Taking what you need

A juvenile was seen at Wal-Mart taking a white Hanes tank top and a box of Trojan condoms and concealing them in his book bag, according to a CPD incident report. He tried to make it out the garden center door with the items, but was stopped by the loss prevention officer. He was released to the custody of his grandmother.

· Two girls were seen placing items in their pocketbooks at Wal-Mart and attempting to leave without paying. Among the stolen merchandise was a boy's shirt valued at $6; clothes pins valued at $1.47; a belt valued at $13.96; a SpongeBob SquarePants T-shirt valued at $7; and two toe rings valued at $4 each.

Missing mail

A man notified the NCSO that some mail that was dropped off at his front door had been opened and the contents of a package were missing. Gone were 12 Viagra pills, valued at $120.

I confess

A man called the NCSO to report that he ran over his own mailbox and hit a tree in his yard. The mailbox and post were valued at $50 and the tree was valued at $30.

Odd mixture

A one-vehicle accident was reported to the NCSO and dispatch told deputies the victim was possibly under the influence. Deputies arrived on the scene and found a man stumbling around and slurring his speech. While questioning the man, the deputy noticed something strange. "He had snuff tobacco in his mouth and he was chewing on gum at the same time. I found the mixture odd," the incident report states. The man had also been mixing Bud Light Lime with his snuff and gum. Five cold ones were found in his vehicle.

Beer of choice

A man and a woman were reported under the influence in the parking lot of a local gas station. When deputies arrived they noticed the woman was "staggering, her eyes were red and watery, her speech was slurred, and the odor of alcoholic beverage was emitting from her person." She told deputies she had drunk several Ice House beers and that she and the man with her had driven to the station to buy additional Ice House beer. Her companion was in the same shape she was in and was carrying a case of Ice House beer. Both were arrested.

Missing fruit

A man who runs a produce stand reported to deputies that 25 cantaloupes and six watermelons had been stolen from his stand before daylight. The melons were valued at $125.

Powerful stuff

A woman was stopped by a Covington police officer for driving erratically and when he asked if she had had anything to drink, she replied, "No, not today. I had a beer last night." It took her two tries to say her ABCs and she blew a .13 on the breathalyzer.

Bare knuckles

Two women apparently had words at a local hair salon. When one of them left, she apparently struck a blow to the other's Ford F150 pickup with her fist. The CPD officer who answered the complaint said he observed "a fist-sized dent in the driver's side quarter panel ... (and) it did appear to have been made by a fist due to the knuckle marks on the vehicle."

Somebody's in my seat

A woman called the NCSO to report that someone entered her vehicle while parked at Publix and stole her concert ticket.

Damaged property

A woman reported to the NCSO that someone had thrown her Weber charcoal grill up onto her trampoline. The grill was damaged, but she didn't know the extent. The trampoline was OK.

Tourist's purse stolen

An Alabama woman reported to the CPD that while eating at Wendy's on U.S. Highway 278 she had a conversation with a woman for a few minutes and observed the woman leaving the restaurant with a man and a child. Next she noticed her purse was missing. She described the purse as red and black - Alabama red and black - with a furry handle. The suspect was described as a blond in her 50s.

She told police she'd be back in town in a few days and would check to see if they'd located her purse.