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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
A woman called the Newton County Sheriff's Office to report that she had been robbed. It turned out that she was accusing her husband of stealing her pain medication and putting it where she could not find it. When questioned, the husband admitted he hid the medication because, "She was eating them like candy."
Further questioning revealed that the wife had already taken her revenge by flushing the husband's heart medication down the toilet. Several different prescriptions went into the sewer, which had been prescribed to her husband following his recent heart attack.
The deputy advised the husband to get in touch with his doctor as quickly as possible.
Two Conyers men were arrested by the Conyers Police Department for racing on the Parker Road bridge. The two were going approximately 80 mph across the bridge when intercepted by the Conyers police. For NASCAR fans who might be interested, the incident report reveals that "the Ford pulled ahead of the Chevrolet." However, the victory celebration was short-lived as the driver of the Ford explained the incident by admitting, "I know better, and I was just being stupid."
My car's gone
A woman called the NCSO to report that she took her Chevrolet Blazer to a family friend to have his son repair it. The friend called back a couple of days later and said it was ready for her to pick up. When she went to get it, however, the car and the son were both missing. She valued the vehicle at $600 and a gas can with $5 worth of gas in it at $10.
· A man called the NCSO from Liberty gas station on Crowell Road to report he went inside the station and left the 1995 Mazda Millenia he had just purchased for $5,000 running in the parking lot. He watched as a young black man got into his vehicle and drove away, traveling south on Crowell Road. He hadn't had time to put anything else of value in the vehicle.
· A man reported his Dodge Ram pickup was outside his residence when he went to sleep, but when he awoke, it was gone. He told a NCSO deputy he hadn't heard anything during the night, but noted he did keep an extra set of keys inside the truck.
A bad day
A woman called the Covington Police Department to report that she left her purse in her locked vehicle while she went into a pawn shop. She admitted, however, the driver's side window was open "about an inch." Apparently that was enough for the thief to negotiate. The purse contained $4,000 in cash from her income tax refund, a digital camera and her wallet.
A woman reported to the NCSO that a female apparently pretending to be an employee of Charter Communications entered her home and left with four cable boxes and a computer modem. The woman was dressed as a nurse and had a young boy with her. The victim said Charter told her the woman did not work for them.
A woman told the loss prevention manager at Wal-Mart that she did not realize she had stolen 13 separate items from the store. She was seen "acting as if she was scanning items," but they did not ring up. The items included a shoe shine kit, bacon, sandals, two toy cars, three pens and a pair of shorts. The total value was $73.69.
· A man and a woman were arrested for attempting to steal merchandise valued at $246.03 from Wal-Mart by concealing the items in new, unused Wal-Mart bags. It didn't work.
· A woman was confronted in Shoe Depot for attempting to steal a pair of shoes by putting them in her purse. She told the employee who caught her that she would pay for the shoes. She did and left the store. Later, however, she called the store and wanted to know if she could return the shoes for a refund.
When she was told she could not, she told the employee, "This is not a threat, but you had better watch your back." CPD was notified.
Two against one
Two women got into a physical altercation after one of them sought out the other to discuss "her possibly being pregnant by her boyfriend," according to a CPD incident report. In the course of the battle, one of the women called in her child to hit her opponent with a stick. Everybody got in trouble.
A man told the CPD that he drove home from work before noticing that somebody had apparently taken the tailgate off his Chevrolet Silverado during the day.
A citizen notified the Conyers Police Department that while pumping gas at a Mobile gas station on Irwin Bridge Road he witnessed someone driving a Dodge Ram pickup pump gas into his vehicle and then drive off with the nozzle in the gas tank. Apparently realizing what had happened, the pickup driver stopped, threw the nozzle into the truck bed and took off again. According to the service station manager, the man had only pumped $10 worth of gas, but the nozzle was valued at approximately $300.
No big deal
A man reported to the CPD that he had received a $10 bill as change from the Raceway gas station on U.S. 278. When he examined the bill shortly after leaving the station, he deduced it was counterfeit. He returned to the station and pointed out to an employee that he had been given a counterfeit bill and was told, "(we) get them all the time." The CPD notified the U.S. Secret Service.
A 17-year-old boy has been charged with burglary and possession of alcohol by a person under 21 after he allegedly broke into a woman's home and stole what NCSO deputies described as "a variety of alcohol." Included was a bottle of Wild Turkey, bottles of Bud Light, a bottle of Bacardi Rum, a bottle of Jose Cuervo, a bottle of Michelob and a bottle of Jagermeister.