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.
Will you have fries with that?
A man was arrested for shoplifting at Kroger on Ga. 20 after he was seen leaving the store without paying for several items. A loss prevention officer saw him stuffing a tenderloin steak, a ribeye steak, a bottle of A1 steak sauce and steak seasoning down his pants.
Mission of mercy
The Covington Police Department was dispatched to investigate a "suspicious person" walking down the street carrying a blue cooler. Officers found the man and asked him what was going on and he said he was going door-to-door soliciting donations for breast cancer.
The man told the officers he had no documentation authorizing him to solicit funds, but he did have some pink arm bands that he gave people making a donation. The officer asked to see one of the arm bands, but, alas, he had just given away his last one.
He went on to explain that he was actually on a "field trip" from a school in South Carolina and that his "teacher" would be back to the neighborhood to pick him up shortly. He missed his ride, however, as the officer took him to jail.
'Call the cops'
A man and his daughter were sitting in their car waiting for a doctor's office to open when a woman in the car next to them hit their car with her car door, causing the paint to chip. Nothing was said until she did it again. When the man complained, the woman's husband advised him to call the cops. He did. A report was made and insurance information given.
Tug of war
Newton County Sheriff's Office deputies were called about an argument and when they arrived they witnessed a man and a woman "in the ditch wrestling with a basketball goal, each trying to pull it away from the other."
It seemed the man came to the woman's house and accused her children of stealing his basketball goal backboard and rim. He then went to the pole where it was hanging and removed it. When the woman's 10-year-old son attempted to stop him, he shoved him and scratched his chest.
When questioned, the man said he didn't report his basketball rim stolen, but had just walked the neighborhood until he found one he thought was his. Also, during the questioning, deputies smelled the strong odor of raw marijuana and discovered it inside the man's truck. He was arrested.
A man told NCSO deputies he received a call from someone who said he wanted to meet him and return a crossbow that had been stolen from him. The man went to the rendezvous location where he was assaulted by two men.
Dividing the stuff
A man called the NCSO to report that his estranged wife had come to his house and taken items without his permission. Missing were miscellaneous furniture, the dog and a hot water heater. And despite the fact that he has custody of the children, she took the toy chest.
Coulda been worse
NCSO deputies were called to a mini storage facility to investigate some damaged property. It seems a man was removing items from his storage locker and had an old 20-gauge shotgun tucked under his arm. The man said the shotgun's stock bumped a table beside the unit door, the gun discharged and sent a slug through the storage unit door and into the front window and upward through the sunroof of his Chevrolet Equinox.
A man called the NCSO to report that apparently someone had stolen his Skeeter bass boat valued at $12,000 from his dock. He said he loaned the boat to his uncle the day before and when he asked his uncle if he'd returned it, he said he was sure he had secured the boat to the dock, but he had "left the key in the boat on accident."
She took it
A woman called the NCSO to say that her son had ridden his $300 mountain bike to a neighborhood playground to play football. When he went to leave, the bike was gone. Other youngsters told the deputy that they had seen a teenage girl ride away on the bike earlier. No one knew her name or where she lived.
Honey, that hurts
A man called the NCSO and reported that his wife struck him in the mouth, causing him to bleed. She went to jail.
A man called the CPD to say that he had his automobile cleaned and waxed and then took it to a car dealership to trade it in. He left the vehicle at the dealership overnight while the deal was put together. Either while it was being cleaned or while at the car lot, a bag containing more than $5,000 worth of jewelry was stolen. The investigation continues.
* A woman called the NCSO in mid-October to report that she had not seen or talked to her husband since late July.
It went 'Boom'
A woman called the NCSO to say that she head a loud popping noise outside her residence and when she investigated, she found firecrackers in her mailbox. It was not damaged.
A woman reported to the NCSO that not only was her vehicle repossessed, they had taken her stash of medications as well. Missing was Lotrel, Zoloft and Percocet, all valued at $175.
A little girl waved to a CPD officer from the backseat of her mom's car while riding down U.S. 278. The officer noticed the youngster was not in a child safety seat and stopped the vehicle. It was then discovered that mommy's drivers license had been suspended several times. Daddy came to get the little girl while mommy went to jail.
A man was seen leaving Kroger on U.S. 278, pushing a shopping cart full of beer. When CPD officers arrested him, they found $101.85 worth of beer in his shopping cart, including a 30-count case of Icehouse, two 18-count cases of Corona and two 12-count cases of Holland.
NCSO deputies interrupted a burglary in progress. When they searched the house, they found a woman hiding under some dirty clothes in the laundry room.
They'll steal anything
A woman complained to the CPD that while planting trees, she discovered her neighbors had laid pipe in the ground and covered it up, going from their residence to her pond, and were stealing water.
* A woman reported to the NCSO that someone had taken her grandson's clothes from her residence without permission.
* The NCSO was called to the scene of a residential burglary where deputies discovered the following items had been taken: 1 12-pack of Coke, 1 12-pack of Sprite, turkey lunch meat, ham lunch meat, bottles of mustard and $10 worth of ground beef.