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NCSO stops theft attempt

COVINGTON -- A Conyers man believed to be under the influence of alcohol made a failed attempt to burglarize Potts Grocery on Ga. Highway 36 early Sunday morning, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office.

Arrested and charged with criminal attempt to commit a burglary in connection wtih the incident was Steven Wayne Jones, 26, of 2639 Almand Road, Conyers.

NCSO Lt. Tyrone Oliver said deputies responded to a call for help from the owner of the store about 1 a.m. Sunday. He was in the store and told 911 dispatchers that someone was attempting to break in.

"Deputies arrived at the scene and the man was still there," Oliver said. "He was outside the grocery store trying to break in a window."

Oliver said the store owner had said the man was throwing newspaper boxes and bait boxes at the front door of the store. When deputies arrived they found the newspaper boxes and the bait containers strewn around the ground.

The deputies gave verbal commands for the man to stop his efforts to break in and Oliver said at that time, the man fled on foot. A short time later he was apprehended.

Oliver said deputies detected on Jones "a strong odor of alcoholic beverage coming from his person."

In other crime news, the Covington Police Department reports that an employee at Smurfit Stone reported that 54,000 boxes, weighing 25,272 pounds, were stolen from their plant on April 15.

The corrugated boxes were loaded on 52 pallets and were in a tractor trailer owned by ARD Trucking. The abandoned and empty truck was later found on Chupp Road in Fulton County. The value of the boxes is unknown and the investigation into the theft is continuing.

Also, a resident of Pinecrest Drive reported to the CPD that a bullet came through his bedroom window the night of April 22.

The man told responding officers that he went to bed, heard a shot and then what sounded like glass breaking. The man said he then got out of bed and turned on the bedroom light and noticed a bullet lying in the base of his entertainment center. He then noticed that his bedroom window, which faces the road, had a hole in it about the size of the bullet he found.

He said the shot sounded like it came from a distance.