3 stolen vehicles located; aggressive driver arrested

Photo by Howard Reed

Photo by Howard Reed

COVINGTON -- The Newton County Sheriff's Office has recovered three stolen automobiles in the last few days.

According to NCSO spokesman Lt. Mark Mitchell, Sunday about 10 a.m., someone called 911 to report a car fire in the area of Crowell Road north of River Field Lane, near an undeveloped subdivision on Delaney Parkway.

Deputies and firefighters arrived at the scene to find a 1997 white Honda Accord on fire. Later it was discovered the vehicle had been reported stolen out of Newton County on Feb. 12.

"While deputies were there on that fire, we were advised of another vehicle not too far from there. It was backed up to some property on Harold Dobbs Road," Mitchell said, adding that the vehicle turned out to be a white 1996 Jeep Cherokee that had been stolen out of Rockdale County four days earlier.

About 3 p.m. Tuesday, deputies went to a residence on East Country Woods Lane to check out a VIN number on an automobile that a woman had purchased through an auto broker.

Mitchell said the NCSO makes some 15 VIN verifications a week for residents who have purchased vehicles through a broker or an auction house that are not registered in the state.

"This was a two-door Honda Accord. It came back stolen out of Washington, D.C., in 2007," he said.

The car was valued at $3,000 and was impounded by the NCSO.

The Criminal Investigations Division is conducting investigations on who may have taken each of these vehicles.

In other crime news, a man was arrested and charged with terroristic threats and acts in connection with an aggressive driving incident Monday about 9 a.m.

Officers were dispatched to Ga. Highway 36, just south of the Covington city limits, after 911 received a complaint from a man who said a driver was riding his bumper and wouldn't back off.

"At some point during the individual riding the bumper of the caller, the person behind him passed him and reportedly waved a small black handgun out the window," Mitchell said.

NCSO deputies were headed to the area when a Covington Police Department officer was able to make a stop on the suspect vehicle, a 2003 Hyundai Tiburon GT, Mitchell said.

"Based on the victim's description and what we had on scene, we made an arrest. Deputies did locate a handgun that matched the description of what the caller told us," he said.

Arrested and charged with terroristic threats and acts and aggressive driving was Shawn Michael Descent, 23, of 147 Southern Shores Road, Jackson.

Also, a school bus that had been parked at East Newton Elementary School over the weekend was vandalized and reported to the NCSO.

Mitchell said there were nine windows in the bus broken out and that preliminary investigation showed that a BB or pellet gun was used. The cost of the damage is estimated to be $1,750.

Mitchell said extra patrols have been in the area and the NCSO asks that anyone who may have seen or know anything about the incident to call them at 678-625-1400. Tips can be given to the NCSO anonymously at 678-625-5007 or through its website at www.newtonsheriffga.org and clicking on "anonymous tips." Those who want a response from NCSO personnel should leave contact information.