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Fleeing burglars toss out 4-wheeler

Photo by Howard Reed

Photo by Howard Reed

COVINGTON -- A Newton County sheriff's deputy recovered the goods from a burglary in a rather unorthodox way recently.

According to NCSO spokesman Lt. Mark Mitchell, the deputy reported he was patrolling on Ga. Highway 36 around 1 a.m. March 24 when a truck passed him at a high rate of speed.

The deputy turned around to make a traffic stop and noticed "several" subjects in the back of the truck.

"He caught up to the vehicle and the individuals tossed a floor jack and a gasoline can into the path of the deputy's car," Mitchell said.

The deputy swerved to miss the debris and meanwhile was in touch with dispatch and learned that a burglary had just occurred nearby.

He caught up with the vehicle again and "one of the subjects pushed a 4-wheeler off the truck and into the path of the deputy," Mitchell said.

The deputy was able to miss the 4-wheeler, but the truck and suspects got away.

"We're running down some leads and when caught, the suspects will face charges of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer and fleeing and attempting to elude, as well as the burglary," Mitchell said. "It's was a good heads-up by the deputy and we were able to return the stolen items to the owner."

The stolen items included a Yamaha Raptor 4-wheeler, a Duralst floor jack; and a 2-gallon can of gasoline.

In other crime news, when the NCSO Fugitive Squad showed up at a Holmes Court address looking for a wanted man, Covington Police officers assisting them were able to make an arrest on a different matter.

While the wanted man was not found, CPD officers detected a strong odor of raw marijuana in the kitchen of the home, according to an incident report. When questioned, the homeowner said she had no idea why the smell was coming from her kitchen and gave permission to the officers to search her home.

The woman's boyfriend was in the house and officers questioned him as well; he initially hesitated on answering the officers. They told him they had permission from the homeowner to search the house and they would eventually find it. The man then showed the officer where a shopping bag full of a "green, leafy substance," along with digital scales and plastic bags were under a mattress, the report stated.

According to the report, the man took ownership of the suspected marijuana and other items and told officers he moved it from the kitchen to the bedroom when they knocked on the door.

Jarmarcus Sims, 19, of 3202 West St. was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.