ON THE BEAT: Police called in to hunt for Nike sneaker stealer

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.

Shoes walk off

The Covington Police Department received a summons to Expressions for Fashion on Washington Street. It seems 20 pairs ($800 worth) of Nike Air Force shoes were taken in a burglary. Eight pairs were black and 12 pairs were white.

Too much cussin'

Covington Police officers arrested a man at Wal-Mart after he refused to quiet down and quit cussing around his two young nephews and other customers. The man said he didn't think he was being too loud, but multiple witnesses didn't agree. He then proceeded to spew profanity in front of the CPD officers. "While waiting for the sister to arrive (to pick up his nephews) several customers thanked us for arresting him," the incident report states. When officers asked where his vehicle was parked, it was discovered it was parked illegally in a handicapped zone. He was charged with disorderly conduct and improper parking.

Worse than theft

NCSO deputies discovered nothing was stolen from a house that was entered by breaking glass on the back door. However, mud was tracked throughout the house doing $2,000 worth of damage to the carpet.

What was left

A woman notified the NCSO that her divorce decree specified that she could pick up certain items from her former home. She said her ex-husband refused to turn them over. The items were: a desk top computer, pots and pans, dishes and a Bo-Flex machine.

Just a tad drunk

A man was stopped by the CPD on suspicion of driving under the influence. He smelled of alcohol when he got out of the car and was very unsteady on his feet. He performed poorly on his field sobriety test, although he claimed he had only consumed two beers. In searching his vehicle, officers found two bottles of Jagermeister, one of which was three-quarters empty. The man then admitted that he had just consumed that. His blood alcohol level was .20.

Help, it's stolen

A man called the CPD to confess that he had inadvertently purchased a stolen Rug Doctor carpet cleaning machine from eBay. He said he spoke with a man who works for Rug Doctor who told him the machines were never for sale and were only used for rentals. The serial number from the machine had been filed off. The man said he spoke with eBay who advised if he filed a police report, they would refund his money.

That smarts!

A woman called the NCSO to report that her husband "poked her in the eye." She said he then left the house. Deputies observed damage to the woman's eye, found the husband and arrested him.

Stop, thief!

A woman called the NCSO to report her mother for stealing an urn from her house.

* A woman reported that she had loaned her car to a friend to run some errands. When it was returned, she found that the $4,700 worth of jewelry that was in her glove compartment was missing.

Double whammy

It wasn't bad enough that a man was ticketed by an NCSO deputy, but he backed into the deputy's car, as well. The deputy reported there was no damage to the patrol unit and only slight damage done to the man's bumper. He said he was parked about 4 feet behind the man and his blue lights were flashing.

The doctor

will see you now

A woman reported to the NCSO that she had received a call from CVS pharmacy stating that her prescription from Dr. McGarity was ready to be picked up. The only problem was, the woman said she hadn't seen Dr. McGarity since 1993.

Just being neighborly

A woman complained to the NCSO that a computer was delivered to her home and her neighbor signed the Fed-Ex receipt and apparently decided to keep the computer.

* A man called the CPD to say that he and his neighbor had gotten into an altercation about money. He said he was sitting in a van with the neighbor when the argument erupted. It seems the neighbor asked the man for money for a job he had done, but the man explained that because the neighbor had "messed up" so much material in trying to accomplish the job, he couldn't pay him. At that point, the neighbor jumped out of the van and kicked the driver's side door, causing the door to shut on the man's face and casing a severe laceration across the bridge of his nose and under his left eye. The man was treated by EMS and warrants were obtained for the neighbor.

Doing a trade

A man was arrested by the CPD for shoplifting tools and Dr. Scholl's foot inserts from Wal-Mart. He said he took them so he could pay his light bill.

Bigger problems

A woman driving down I-20 eastbound was pulled over by a CPD officer for not having a tag displayed on her car. She said her boyfriend had taken the tag off and thrown away the screws and that's why it was not affixed properly. It was laying down in the rear window. The officer said he understood and asked for her license. She said she had to be truthful about that little detail -- she didn't have one. She was arrested for driving without a license.

No more shopping

A woman called the NCSO to report that her boyfriend dragged her out of a convenience store and yanked $60 out of her hand.