Three charged with selling pirated DVDs

COVINGTON -- The Covington Police Department arrested three people Wednesday after receiving a complaint that one of them was approaching shoppers at Newton Plaza in an attempt to sell pirated DVDs.

Officers found the three in a vehicle parked in front of Big Lots. After the suspects were questioned, consent was given to police to search the car.

Inside officers located 337 DVDs with movies on them and 23 CDs with music on them, as well as multiple blank discs.

"Several of the movies that were found were for current theater movies which are not out on production at this time, such as 'Avatar,'" the report states.

Three men were arrested and charged with possession, unlawful reproduction and/or sale of recorded material.

In other crime news, the CPD reported that two attempts to cash counterfeit checks from Lawrenceville-Suwanee Animal Hospital occurred at a local bank last week -- one was successful, but an arrest was made in the second instance. Apparently two men were working with a scam where individuals from out of town are paid to attempt to cash bogus checks.

The first incident occurred on Thursday around 1 p.m. when a black man identifying himself as Excell Shawn Wonsley Jr. entered United Bank on Bypass Road and cashed a check in the amount of $1,382.18.

The suspect left the bank with the cash, and it wasn't until the next day, Jan. 15, that the bank was notified that the check was counterfeit.

That same day, another man attempted to cash a check from Lawrenceville-Suwanee Animal Hospital in the amount of $1,346.27, but was refused.

A teller notified the CPD that the man was still in the area, standing near a restaurant, and officers were able to make contact with him. He stated he was waiting for his brother and was hesitant to reveal his identity.

Officers arrested him and asked who had dropped him off to cash the check and he replied, "They don't tell us their names," but according to an incident report, he stated he was "dropped off in a blue Chevy Impala with three other black males."

The man was arrested and charged with forgery in the first degree.

Also, Newton County Sheriff's Office deputies were tipped off on Jan. 12 around 2 p.m. that a black man dressed in a hooded multi-colored jacket was in the process of stealing an air conditioning unit from 125 Plum Orchard.

Deputy Charles Day arrived at the location four minutes later and observed the man taking the air conditioner apart with a pair of pliers. Senchal Damerse Clements, 25, of 1638 Kirkland Road, Apt. B, was arrested and charged with theft by taking.