COVINGTON - A Covington man recognized his own stolen truck while pumping gas at the Kroger store on Salem Road, and Newton County Sheriff's Office deputies made an arrest.
According to NCSO spokesman Lt. Mark Mitchell, the victim spied his stolen black Toyota Tundra loaded on a wrecker where the driver was pumping gas. He notified the NCSO and was able to give identifying information that the truck was his.
"I asked (the victim) how does he know for sure that's his vehicle," the incident report completed by Lt. Tyrone Oliver states. "He identified ... the type of trailer hitch on the vehicle. He also stated that he had a Kel-Tec .40-caliber inside the truck. He told me that he hid the gun under the middle seat under a piece of cloth. I checked where he stated the gun was and it was there. (The victim) also had an insurance card ... with the VIN number on it."
Oliver also confirmed that the truck had been reported stolen out of DeKalb County.
Oliver began questioning the wrecker driver. Omar Ngalamulume was driving a wrecker with the name Ekyo Motors on the door. Ngalamulume said he owned the wrecker company and he had been told to pick up the vehicle from a gas station and take it to the auction.
"I asked (the victim) were the keys in the car at the time it was stolen and he stated no, and the doors were locked," Oliver reported. "I noticed a set of keys in the ignition and no signs of forced entry."
As a result, Ngalamulume, 39, of 75 Long Creek Drive, was arrested and charged with theft by receiving stolen property.
In other crime news, a Mitchell Road resident reported the theft of more than $30,000 worth of earth-moving equipment on April 23.
Equipment taken included a $4,000 Hooper trailer that contained some rotting wood, a Bobcat valued at $25,000 that had incurred body damage, a $2,000 Bradco trencher and a $1,000 Bradco rake.
Anyone with information regarding this equipment should call the NCSO at 678-625-1400.
Tips can be given to the NCSO anonymously at 678-625-5007 or through their Web at www.newtonsheriffga.org and clicking on "anonymous tip line." Those who want a response from NCSO personnel should leave contact information.