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 reported he had been burglarized and when Newton County Sheriff's Office deputies investigated they found the back door to the residence had been forced open. Deputies discovered water all over the floor and reported, "after an extensive investigation, I determined the toilet was missing. It is my sincere belief the toilet was stolen." The value of the missing appliance was estimated to be $350.
* A man notified the NCSO that his home had been burglarized and his piano bench was missing.
* A woman reported to the Covington Police Department that someone had entered her home when she wasn't there and taken a vase full of coins and a $21 bottle of gin.
A woman reported that she and her sister went to her boyfriend's house to pick up her laptop computer. She said while there, the boyfriend pulled a gun on them. When NCSO deputies questioned the young man, he admitted he began arguing with his girlfriend, but denied pulling a gun and his mother backed up his story. In fact, she went so far as to assert they didn't have a gun and gave permission for the deputies to search the house. Deputies found a gun in the bathroom and both mother and son were arrested.
* A man notified the NCSO that he sold his Mercury Mountaineer to an individual back in December who did not pay him. The man's mother returned the vehicle to him in March; however, the 22-inch chrome rims were missing. The woman admitted that she had taken the rims off the vehicle and put them on another car before returning the Mercury.
A woman dressed in a security guard uniform was observed shoplifting at Kmart. The loss prevention officer told Covington Police he saw the woman put eight towels in her purse and on her person and attempt to leave the store. When confronted, she told the loss prevention officer she was testing the security system. When confronted by the police officer, she admitted she had attempted to steal the towels, but said it was because she liked them and was afraid they'd be gone when she returned to the store with the money. The towels were valued at $61.92 and the woman went to jail.
Fight for your man
The CPD was called to a local hotel regarding a family fight that had already broken up. When officers arrived, they found a woman whose nose was bleeding. She said she had rented a room with a male acquaintance. She said she didn't know the man was married, but his wife came to the room and "came through the door swinging," striking her in the nose. She said the woman also threatened to kill both her and the man.
A quick nap
NCSO deputies were called to the area of Campbell and Stewart roads and told there was a man lying in the middle of the roadway. Deputies walked up to the person and asked if he was OK. He stated he was fine. He was just lying down for a little while because there were no cars coming down the road. Deputies reported smelling "a strong odor of alcohol coming from his person." He went to jail.
A garage owner notified the NCSO that three men arrived at his business to pick up a vehicle and while there they used a pair of his jumper cables to get the car started. When they left, they took the jumper cables with them. He wanted to report the jumper cables stolen as he said this has happened to him before.
Dodging the repo man
A woman who had reportedly refused on an earlier date to turn her car over to the repossessors left her children in the car while she went inside the Dollar General Store. The repo man spotted the car and proceeded to hook it up to a wrecker. The woman intervened and called the Sheriff's Office. When deputies arrived she said she knew the law and they couldn't repossess her car as long as someone was in it. Deputies told the repo man he would have to follow the law, but warned the woman she would be responsible for paying court costs and that DFACS was being notified about her using her children to hang on to her car. Also, the folks at the Dollar General Store asked that she be barred from the store as they said every time she comes in she causes problems.
The manager of McDonald's on Ga. Highway 36 notified the NCSO that someone had stolen a framed 30x30 picture off the wall of the restaurant. It was valued at $375.
Blamed for everything
A woman was found by a deputy sitting in a vehicle with her head almost down in her lap. He had to knock on the window five or six times before rousing her and asked if she was OK. She said she was "just very tired," but while talking with her the deputy noted a strong odor of alcohol coming from inside the vehicle. He asked the woman if she'd had anything to drink and she replied that she had not -- the smell was there because her dog had spilled a can of beer in the car. There was no dog present to confirm her story.