ON THE BEAT: Woman's ad leads to being scammed out of money, furniture

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.

This could happen to you

A woman told officers with the Covington Police Department that she recently listed a dining set for sale on Craigslist for $370. A man contacted her and told her he was sending her a cashier's check for $2,850.38 that included payment for the furniture. He asked that she cash the check and send a third party the $2,480.38 change as well as the furniture. The woman said she did as instructed, but a few days later got a notice from her bank saying the cashier's check was no good. Now she has no furniture and no money.

This ain't Barney

A man called the Newton County Sheriff's Office to say that while he was repossessing a 40-foot storage container, someone drove onto the property and threw a cup of purple paint on him.

Didn't learn lesson

A man walked out of Kmart with one of its $99.99 air conditioners and didn't pay for it. The CPD was called and the man was arrested. While making the arrest the officer asked if he'd ever been arrested for shoplifting previously and the man told him he had not. Once his criminal history was checked, however, it turned out he has six previous shoplifting convictions.

Not part of the deal

The NCSO answered a call concerning terroristic threats. Deputies talked to the complainant who said he had sold a car to a man the day before and now the car has a bad transmission. The man demanded his money back, but the complainant told him the car was sold "as is." As a result, the purchaser now wants to kill him.


CPD officers were summoned to the intersection of U.S. Highway 278 and Ga. Highway 142 with the report that a driver had been sitting in the turn lane for 10 to 15 minutes and appeared to be asleep. When officers arrived, they woke the man up who looked around and appeared to not know where he was.

Officers could not smell alcohol, so they called EMS to the scene to check the man's medical condition. Everything checked out medically, but EMS personnel said they thought they detected the smell of alcohol. Officers saw three empty 24-ounce Steele Reserve beer cans in the floorboard of the man's vehicle. A field sobriety test was conducted and the man blew a .333 before passing out in the back of the police car. When he got to the jail, he still blew a .270.

BOLO for bike

A woman called the NCSO to report her property had been damaged. She told deputies someone rode a bicycle through her yard and left muddy tracks on her driveway.

Suspected niece

A woman called the NCSO to report the radio antennae on her Toyota had been broken. She said she thought her niece did it.

Non-motorized theft

A man who is evidently not adverse to hard work stole a self-propelled lawnmower. The victim told the NCSO she saw "an older, skinny black male in an older model truck" loading up the mower in the back of his truck.

Big fuel theft

A trucker reported he left his truck parked in a lot next to a grocery store on Salem Road. He returned the next day and the truck wouldn't start. It was discovered the problem was the gas tank was empty. He said there had been in excess of 100 gallons of diesel fuel in the tank when he left it.

Now that's mad

NCSO deputies were called to a domestic dispute and arrived to discover that the wife had taken the husband's truck and used it to run into his boat four or five times because she was angry with him. She also took several plaques and pictures and threw them down on the garage floor, breaking them. She was arrested.

Boyfriend pleads for mercy

A woman called the CPD to say her boyfriend was drunk and out of control. In fact, he became so enraged at her, he took her bed and overturned it, and when she tried to call 911 he tried to take the phone away from the woman. As officers were taking him away, he kept repeating, "Have mercy on me."

Pointing a gun at another

NCSO deputies went to a residence when a man alleged that his neighbor had pointed a gun at him. Seems they'd had a dispute over grass clippings.

Who took the pills?

A man called the NCSO to say that he noticed six of his Oxycodone pills were missing and that he suspects a lady of his acquaintance in connection with the theft. The woman was questioned and she said she didn't know what he was talking about. The man valued the pills at $4.26 each and said he would be obtaining a warrant.

Jewelry taken

A woman called the NCSO to say that her rings had been taken from her computer stand. She said she was alerted to the fact that there had been a theft when the towel she was using as a curtain in her bathroom window had been moved and the screen cut. She told deputies the person must have come in through the bathroom window and exited through the bedroom window, closing both windows behind them. No other items had been taken.