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Man crashes vehicle into store for smokes

COVINGTON - A man was caught on video grabbing several packs of cigarettes from the Shell station on Salem Road about midnight Saturday after he had backed his vehicle into the front door several times in order to gain entry.

According to Newton County Sheriff's Office spokesman Lt. Mark Mitchell, deputies went to the station in response to a burglar alarm sounding and found the front door had been forced open, possibly by a vehicle.

When the store owner arrived, the deputies viewed video surveillance tapes that show a silver Toyota or Nissan crashing into the front door by backing into it three separate times.

"Entry was made by a black male who took several packs of cigarettes and ran out the front door," Mitchell said.

The perpetrator is described as about 6 feet tall with a slim build, weighing approximately 150 pounds, balding and wearing blue jeans, white tennis shoes, a dark-colored long-sleeved shirt and a tan vest.

Mitchell said anyone who thinks they may have information on the incident or knows anyone matching the suspect's description driving a silver vehicle with rear damage to call the NCSO at 678-625-1400. Tips can be given to the NCSO anonymously at 678-625-5007 or through its Web site at www.newtonsheriffga.org and clicking on "anonymous tip line." Those who want a response from NCSO personnel should leave contact information.

In other crime news, a 45-year-old woman living on Kirkland Road reported that she was raped sometime between midnight and 7 a.m. Friday.

No suspects have been identified and investigators did not find that forced entry had been made into the home.

Mitchell said the Criminal Investigation Division is continuing to investigate this case.

A woman reported to the NCSO that jewelry with a total value of $18,300 was missing from her home. She said due to a death in the family, she had recently had several guests at her home.

The missing jewelry included diamond and emerald earrings valued at $3,000, 18-karat gold earrings valued at $15,000; and a $300 watch. A passport was also reported missing.