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.
Guarding wrong car
A woman called the Newton County Sheriff's Office from inside her vehicle. She said her neighbor's dog wouldn't let her get out of her car and was roaming free in the neighborhood. Deputies arrived to find the dog secured, but they had a word with the owner.
A man reported to the NCSO suspicious packages were being delivered to him parcel post. He stated he received five boxes, each containing 25 computer hard drives, from FedEx and then received another five boxes from UPS. He told deputies he had not ordered any of the items.
A woman notified the NCSO that her neighbor had been seen throwing bags of garbage over the fence into her yard.
Just act cool
A man in a white Chevrolet was sitting at a red light around 9 p.m. with no headlights on. A deputy spotted him and stopped the vehicle and it was discovered lights weren't the only problem as he was found with a bag containing marijuana, a Bersa handgun a Smith and Wesson handgun, and multiple rounds of ammunition. He went to jail.
Easy until you're caught
A woman and her husband were both charged with shoplifting after a loss prevention officer at Walmart spotted the couple at the book department where they selected four books and then went to the drugs section and took a box of Monistat and placed the items in the woman's purse. The pair then went to the sporting goods section and picked out a knife and dropped that in the purse as well. The two then left the store, but apparently having forgotten a couple of things, the woman returned and picked up two boxes of shotgun shells, car polish and a pair of blue jeans, also placing those items in the magic purse. Covington Police officers came and took them to jail.
Leaning to the right
A woman reported to the NCSO that she went outside around 7:45 a.m. to warm up her car and she noticed it was leaning slightly to the right. She wasn't too alarmed, however, until she began driving the vehicle and realized it wasn't steering correctly. She discovered both passenger side tires were flat. She said the tires were fine the day before.
Cut that out
A man called the NCSO to report that his 2000 Acura was damaged while sitting in his driveway. A deer ran into it, he said.
Cutting down the wattage
A woman discovered her 73-inch flat screen TV was stolen from her home. She told NCSO deputies all security lights had been cut off to the home because she didn't want to pay the high power bill. She was advised to keep her lights burning.
A bad day for breakfast
Around 2:30 a.m., two men left the Waffle House on Alcovy Road without paying for their meal. The cook said three men were together, but two left without paying. He provided officers with the man's tag number and said if they'd come back and pay, he wouldn't press charges. The officer found one of the men and told him to come back and pay and he agreed, saying it would take him 15 or 20 minutes to get there. When he came back, however, the officer detected something more on his breath than bacon and eggs. There was a strong odor of alcohol on the man, his eyes were glassy and he was unsteady on his feet. The officer asked him how he got to the restaurant and he said his girlfriend brought him and she was waiting for him in the car. But when officers checked the parking lot, they couldn't locate the girlfriend. The man then said, "She must have got out of the car and left me here." Officers then asked him for the girlfriend's phone number and when contacted she said she'd been at home all evening and hadn't driven anybody anywhere. He went to jail.
A woman reported to the NCSO that her two mink coats had been stolen. One was a pastel mink, valued at $2,300 and the other was a natural ranch mink valued at $3,000.
Quite a haul
A couple called the NCSO to report that a male had entered their vehicle and stolen 107 items while a female waited in a getaway car. The items included a Snickers, 16 classic comic books, a can of motor oil, a skull and crossbones sock hat, a Georgia sock hat, assorted clothing and shoes, several pairs of digital scales, jewelry, gift cards, a range of electronic items, tools, a teeth whitener kit, a Slime air compressor, ID cards for several different people, knives, wallets, family portraits and tax returns.
A woman reported to the NCSO that a strange black man entered her residence and lay down on the bed next to her and her 5-year-old son. The man was chased from the residence by the woman's stepfather. When he left he took a lady's purse, a cell phone and a can of Icehouse beer.
A man reported to the NCSO that someone hit his mailbox with a can of beans.
Objects de art
A business owner reported to the NCSO that someone had stolen the six brake drums he was using as flower pots in front of his business, as well as an aluminum wheel.
Home for the holidays
A woman called the NCSO to report that her daughter and two grandsons were in the front yard fighting.
Granny get your gun
A woman called the NCSO to report the handgun she kept at the head of her bed had gone missing. The deputy who went to the woman's home made contact with her son and he stated he had removed the gun for his mother's safety. She's 95 and losing her memory.