ON THE BEAT: Newton Sheriff's Office, Covington Police deal with petty thefts

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 barbara.knowles@newtoncitizen.com.

Times are hard

A man was arrested by the Covington Police Department at Walmart for attempting to steal a pair of shoes valued at $7.49. He was observed discarding his own shoes at the door, walking barefoot to the shoe department and placing the new shoes on his feet and attempting to walk out. He had previously been banned from Walmart.

-- Two women were observed at Kmart to be stuffing items in one of the women's purse and attempting to leave the store without paying. The items included a $10.48 bracelet, $4.97 worth of socks, a $29.96 DVD and something known as a Mega Bra, valued at $9.94. They were arrested by CPD officers.

-- A woman was observed stuffing items into her purse at Walmart. Officers arrived and arrested her. They found she had nine prior convictions for shoplifting.

-- A white male, wearing shorts and a T-shirt, purchased a pack of cigarettes at CVS. He then walked back into the store and appeared to still be shopping. He was seen concealing a 20-ounce Dr. Pepper valued at $1.77 in his shorts. He quickly left the store.

-- A real estate agent reported to the NCSO an empty home was missing a refrigerator and a stove. It looked as if whoever took them had brought a small child along on the caper. A toy was left in the living room floor.

-- A man went to Kmart and attempted to purchase two packages of batteries, valued at $5 each; two windshield wiper blades valued at $5.99 each; towels for $4.99; a DH battery for $114.99 and a $25 airtime card. The two checks he gave in payment were declined. He said he would return the items. He did put back the DH battery, but took the rest of the items valued at $51.97 and left the store.

-- A woman was arrested by the CPD at Kmart after she attempted to steal lip gloss, headphones and 11 pairs of underwear.

-- The owner of a convenience store called NCSO deputies to arrest a man who stole two newspapers. When the deputy asked the man why he took the newspapers, he said he thought they were free. He went to jail.

-- A woman reported to the NCSO that an unknown person entered her home and took her "black Walmart belt" out of her pants and a Columbus commemorative coin from her dresser drawer. The belt was valued at $8 and the coin was valued at $450.

Sonny Boy is innocent

A grandmother called the CPD to report that she gave her bank card to her 11-year-old grandson to purchase one game on Facebook. When she received her statement, it showed that $281 worth of games had been purchased. She said her grandson said he didn't do it and he was asleep when some of the games were purchased.

Unfortunate fortune

A woman came to CPD headquarters to report that she was reading a man's horoscope when he got mad, yelled at her and grabbed her around the throat. A photo of red marks on her throat was entered into evidence.

A medical excuse

A man shoplifted several wireless games from CVS, but as he left the store, the games fell from his pocket. He looked at the games on the floor and then fell down, pretending to have a seizure. He then got up, grabbed the games and fled the store.

Something's missing

A man delivering a shipment of beer to a convenience store reported to the Newton County Sheriff's Office that he doesn't know how much or what kind, but one particular brand of beer went missing during the delivery.

Family matters

A man notified the NCSO that his daughter pushed his wife down a flight of stairs. It seems the young lady was upset because her parents were punishing her by taking her stereo away. She went to jail.

-- A woman called the NCSO to report that her 17-year-old son, whom she had banished from her home several months earlier, was in her basement and having a party with his friends. The son was arrested and charged with criminal trespass.

-- An NCSO deputy answered a call in reference to a family fight and was met with a woman running up the driveway, who shouted, "I'm OK. He just left in our white truck going to the recycle center on Dial Mill Road to throw my clothes away and he is drunk." The deputy asked the woman if her husband had put his hands on her. She said, "No, I just want my clothes back."

-- NCSO deputies were called to a fight involving a female and her sister's boyfriend. Deputies talked to the woman, whose upper lip was bleeding. She said the man grabbed her by her throat and then hit her in the face and on the lip. When they asked the man what happened, he said the woman "swung her face into his elbow." He went to jail.

-- A woman and her boyfriend got into a fight because her son lost the hoodie the boyfriend had bought him the day before. She called the NCSO when the boyfriend threw French onion dip and a telephone book at her. The boyfriend went to jail.

Fire hazard

A woman reported to the NCSO that an unknown person had entered her garage and lit candles without her permission.

Didn't know

A man called the NCSO to report that a friend had damaged his Xbox and DVD player. The friend, a woman, admitted, "I stomped the suitcase, but I didn't know the stuff was in there." She was arrested.


NCSO deputies answered a call about damage to a vehicle. The roof of a Mazda was crushed after a young boy jumped on top of it in an attempt to get away from a bulldog that was chasing him. No charges were filed.

Looking for help

Three vehicles belonging to members of the same family were entered and various items were stolen. The most unusual was a brown bag with a Bible inside. The brown bag was found discarded at the end of the resident's driveway, but the Bible was not located.

'It's me again, Margaret'

A man who had been calling a woman at a local business and making suggestive comments was located by CPD officers. He was wearing a black female wig. When asked why he had the wig, the man replied, "I like to change it up." He was told if he contacted the business again he would be charged.

Missing equipment

A woman called and said her homeowner's association had rented several pieces of equipment for a festival, but when the rental company picked the items up, they told her the popcorn machine was missing. The machine was valued at $1,092.