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.

Dawg Country

An automobile was broken into and the owner reported to the Newton County Sheriff's Office that a window screen, lug nuts off of two vehicles and a concrete Bulldog statue were stolen.

· A woman came home for lunch and noticed windows and doors open. She fled the house and met NCSO deputies in the driveway of her home. After checking for intruders, deputies reported that the glass of one of the doors had been broken by a "plaster yard decoration. The ornament had the words, "This is dog country," on it. It landed on the complainant's bed," the incident report stated.

Yard man thief

A woman notified the NCSO that she hired a man from a flier she found in her mailbox to cut her grass. He apparently used her push lawnmower to do the job because when he left, he took it with him. The only description she could give of the lawnmower was that it was black.

Cart theft

An employee of a sandwich shop near the Kroger grocery store on Ga. Highway 138 in Conyers notified the Conyers Police Department that he observed someone driving a brown Ford Crown Victoria loading a motorized shopping cart belonging to Kroger into the trunk of the vehicle. The witness told officers the vehicle was occupied by three people and described the driver as a white man, wearing a white tank top with tattoos all over his body. The front seat passenger was described as a heavy-set, white woman. A manager at Kroger confirmed the cart was missing and valued it at $1,500.

All cut up

A woman called the Covington Police Department to report that her boyfriend became angry when he was unable to find his keys and CDs, so he cut up her clothes and threw them out the bedroom window. When confronted about the incident, the boyfriend admitted what he had done. He was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct.

Complimentary refusal

After performing badly on a field sobriety test, a man was arrested by a CPD officer for DUI. Once inside the patrol unit, the officer read the man his rights and asked if he wanted to agree to take a breathalyzer test. "Officer, you read that so well and you almost tempted me to say 'yes,' but my answer is 'no,'" the man said. He went to jail.

Can this be love?

A woman called the NCSO to report that she had broken up with her boyfriend, attempting to "change the relationship from lovers to just friends." She said this change did not work out so she ended the relationship altogether. Since that time her vehicle has been "keyed" three times, her tires have been slashed and the kitchen window has been broken out of her home. She said she can't prove her ex-lover did these things, but she's never had these kinds of problems before.

· A woman called the CPD to complain that her ex-boyfriend had been harassing her since June 2008 by putting "blow darts" in her vehicle tires and stealing items from her. Police asked why it had taken her so long to report the incidents and she said she wanted to give him time to return the stolen items without involving the police.

Not too funny

A Newton County man called the Sheriff's Office to report that someone had used his American Express card fraudulently to charge 53 tickets to a Miami comedy festival. The total amount charged was $5,500.

Cell phone disappears

A woman called the CPD to report that she left her pink cell phone valued at $300 in her home. When she went outside to speak with her husband it disappeared. She thinks it was possibly stolen by a family member.

Collision with house

A son called the CPD to report that a neighbor who appeared to be intoxicated ran her white Lexus into his mother's house. When police arrived, they couldn't get the female neighbor to the door, but finally found her hiding behind a rack of clothes in the laundry room. Officers reported smelling a strong odor of alcohol. She performed poorly on her field sobriety test and went to jail.