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.
A man called the NCSO to report that his ex-wife had taken out a credit card in his name and used it to pay for her dental work.
It's not who you know
A man was stopped by the CPD for driving his motorcycle in a reckless manner. In talking with the driver, it was determined that he had consumed a six-pack of beer and was DUI. The man appealed to the officer's sense of brotherhood, however, and begged him to give him a warning because he once worked on the sheriff's department motorcycles at an area dealership. He went to jail.
A woman called the CPD to say she was working in the back of the company's building and heard someone leave the premises. She was unaware anybody else was there. She looked in her pocketbook and found her checkbook missing. The only clue left behind was a very strong and distinct odor of men's cologne.
Theft of T-bone
Two men went into the Kroger store on Salem Road and shoplifted a T-bone steak. All would have gone well, except one of them brought the steak back and demanded a refund of $5.15. Of course, he had no receipt, but claimed to have just purchased the steak. Surveillance video verified the theft. His cohort was found outside in a car and both men went to jail.
I have a problem'
A man notified the NCSO that his wife had just returned home after being gone for 14 days and had broken windows out of his Dodge Charger and Cadillac Escalade. Deputies entered the home and found the woman with a 40-ounce Budweiser and a cigarette. She admitted breaking the windows, saying she used a metal paper towel holder on the Charger and a "walking crutch" on the Cadillac. She said she had a drinking problem and wanted to get treatment. She was taken to a treatment facility.
An unwelcome gift
The manager of a local thrift store notified the CPD that someone had donated 100 rounds of ammunition in various calibers for sale and they wished to have them destroyed.
Two young boys went hunting on one boy's family farm. Upon returning home one boy put his shotgun down on the porch. As the gun made contact with the porch, it fired one round of bird shot, shooting his hunting companion in the foot. The gun that discharged was approximately 80 years old.
A touching gesture
A couple was stopped for suspected shoplifting at Rite Aid. When police arrived they found the following items in the woman's purse: four refill packs of Venus Breeze razors; two 3-pair packages of socks; one package of Loreal eyeliner and one package of panties. They asked the man if he had stolen any items and he removed two birthday cards from "the front groin area" of his pants, which he stated he stole for his fiancee, his partner in crime.
A man notified the NCSO that someone had left a message on his phone stating, "I want my TV back or I'm going to shoot you and your son." He said neither he nor his son knew what the caller was talking about.
A woman called the NCSO to report that a "friend" came to her house and when she fell asleep, he took her car keys and left in her car. She said early the next morning he phoned to tell her he had wrecked the vehicle and she could go get it. There was extensive damage to the front of the car.