Machinery stolen during holidays

Photo by Nate McCullough

Photo by Nate McCullough

COVINGTON -- The Covington Police Department is seeking the community's help in locating a piece of heavy equipment, along with three attachments, that was stolen from a construction site on Reynolds Street, according to Detective Steve Fowler.

Fowler said the Case Skid Steer and other equipment were stolen over the Thanksgiving holidays, sometime between Wednesday, Nov. 24, and Monday, Nov. 29.

"The exact date of the theft is not known because no one was on the site because of the holiday," Fowler said. "Someone disabled the security camera on the construction site at about noon on Thanksgiving Day."

The site is located behind Covington Square, the high-rise building that faces Washington Street.

The owner of the equipment is offering a reward of up to $2,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the theft.

Anyone with information, please call Fowler at 770-385-2126 or go to covingtonpolice.com.

In other crime news, the Newton County Sheriff's Office has charged a 71-year-old man in connection with a domestic dispute that ended with him firing a .38-caliber handgun inside the home.

According to NCSO spokesman Lt. Mark Mitchell, deputies went to 168 Oak Hill Road around 4 a.m. Thanksgiving Day.

"When deputies arrived, they spoke with the victim and were able to identify that a round was fired off in the residence," Mitchell said, adding that the victim's husband, Ted Nappier, was charged with aggravated assault, reckless conduct and simple battery.

Also, NCSO investigators are looking into the burglary of a Ga. Highway 81 residence in which a puppy and more than $12,000 worth of jewelry were allegedly stolen.

Mitchell said the complainant told authorities when she arrived home, the two suspects, one of whom is a relative, were leaving.

"The two left the residence with a flat tire and did not speak to her," the incident report on the burglary states.

"She went inside and discovered the jewelry and the puppy were missing," Mitchell said.

The jewelry belonged to the woman's husband and she said he called the suspect and asked him if he had his jewelry, according to the incident report.

"Suspect 1 admitted to having the jewelry, but did not want to bring it back because he was scared of (the husband)," the report states. "After approximately 45 minutes later, the complainant received a text telling him the jewelry was in the mailbox."

The report states three pieces of jewelry were found in the mailbox, although the report indicates five pieces of jewelry were stolen.

Warrants are being secured for the suspects, an 18-year-old woman and a 19-year-old man.

A burglary at Little Bethlehem Pentecostal Church on Flat Rock Road in Oxford resulted in the loss of several air conditioning units and damage to the church building.

Thieves forcibly entered the church and the dining building sometime between 8 p.m. on Nov. 18 and 9:20 a.m. on Nov. 21 and took three Kenmore window air conditioning units and damaged a fourth Kenmore unit. They also damaged a window and two large doors.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call the NCSO at 678-625-1400. Tips can be given to the NCSO anonymously at 678-625-5007 or through their Web at www.newtonsheriffga.org and clicking on "anonymous tips." Those who want a response from NCSO personnel should leave contact information.