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 man called the Covington Police Department to report that his house had been burglarized while he had left the residence for about an hour. He said his wallet had been emptied and that it contained approximately $200 in "antique bills (from the 1800s)." His pistol was also missing.
At the back door, it was discovered that a skylight window had been knocked out to gain entry. On the window sill, the officer found a wood-handled knife that the home owner stated did not belong to him. The knife commemorated Babe Ruth's 714th career home run, which it is assumed was an antique worth hanging onto, as well.
* A local antique store reported $250 worth of jewelry had been shoplifted. The store owner said a "suspicious blond-haired lady" came into the store with five brown-haired children and they all split up, making it impossible to watch everyone.
Beating yourself up
A Newton County Sheriff's Office deputy was called to a bloody scene and found the door of a residence smashed and the house in disarray. Inside, a man lay on the couch in a fetal position surrounded by large amounts of blood.
EMS was called to the scene and while waiting for them to arrive the deputy tried to ascertain from the man how his injuries occurred. The man said he came home and found his front door broken "and became upset so he hit the window pane in the door and cut his hands." He refused medical treatment.
Lock your doors
A man reported to the NCSO that the radios were stolen out of his Cadillac and his Chevy truck. He said he never locked them because he'd never had any problems.
A woman called the CPD and told them an unknown person or persons had removed two pumpkins from her front porch. There are no suspects and the investigation is continuing.
Don't fall for it
A man notified the NCSO that he was notified he had won the lottery, but would first have to send funds via Western Union in order to receive his winnings.
A couple called the NCSO to report that a flat screen TV, a laptop computer and a desktop computer, with a total value of nearly $3,700, had just been removed from their house. The woman told deputies that she heard a vehicle in the driveway the night before and that morning had heard a noise that sounded like "plastic moving around" in her home, but could not locate the source. She left the house that morning while her husband was still asleep. The couple believes someone came into the house the night before and slept under the stairs and then went upstairs and stole the items without waking the husband up.
An Oxford man reported that his wheelchair was stolen from the garage of his home.
Another Oxford woman reported that her power chair, valued at $5,000, had been stolen. She said she didn't use it very often and had only discovered it missing that day.
A man called the NCSO to say that he left his car at a local garage to have the tires changed just after he put $20 worth of gas into it. When he picked up the car, the gas tank was empty. The manager said he wasn't responsible for any lost items and did not know what happened to the gasoline.
A man called the NCSO to report that when he got his camera out to take a picture, he discovered his memory card was missing. He said his girlfriend's sister did not have a memory card for her camera, but the day before had wanted to have some pictures developed. He thinks she might have taken his memory card because both she and the memory card are now gone.