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Covington PD interrupts burglary at Johnson's Supermarket

Photo by Howard Reed

Photo by Howard Reed

COVINGTON — Covington Police interrupted a burglary in progress in the early morning hours Tuesday and made three arrests in connection with the incident.

Sandrico Paul Belyeu, 19, of 6163 Geiger St. and two juveniles, have been charged with burglary. The investigation into the case is ongoing.

"We responded to a suspicious activities call in the area. The caller said they heard a ‘loud, banging noise' and a dog barking. The officer arrived and located an individual running from the back of Johnson's Supermarket," said CPD spokesman Capt. Ken Malcom.

The store, which is located at 4152 Washington St. is next door to Bullard's Tire Shop, where a guard dog is kept behind a fence.

According to the CPD incident report, the three suspects attempted to get away from the officers and one of them found himself inside the fence with the dog.

" ... Bullard's Tire Shop guard dog ran after the suspect, causing him to jump a barbed wire fence causing small cuts to his hand," the report states, adding that when he jumped over the fence he was apprehended.

The officer goes on to state the suspect wasn't wearing any shoes and when asked about it, "... he stated that they fell off in the store."

Officers later recovered the shoes and a hammer inside the store.

"In all probability the hammer was being used as a burglary tool to gain entry. The back door had been forced open enough for one of the individuals to gain entry inside. From information gathered at the scene, one individual was in the store when officers arrived, so it was a burglary in progress," Malcom said.

Nothing was taken from the store, but Malcom said it appeared they were attempting to steal tobacco products.

The incident occurred around 4:30 in the morning and Malcom praised the alert caller who notified police of the suspicious activity.

"It's so important for us to solve crimes in progress for someone to take the time and make the effort to report what they see and hear," Malcom said. "So many times a crime occurs and people hesitate to call. They may think after the fact that maybe they should have called, but by that time, the crime's already occurred. We appreciate people like this individual who contacted us and let us know there was a crime in progress."