A year of crime and downright bizarre

Photo by Howard Reed

Photo by Howard Reed

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. This version is comprised of some of the best episodes during 2010. It is compiled by News Editor Barbara Knowles, who can be reached at barbara.knowles@newtoncitizen.


A matched set?

A woman was arrested by the CPD at Wal-Mart at 4:15 p.m. after she was observed stuffing a pair of pillowcases in her purse and attempting to exit the store without paying for them. Just before 6 p.m. that same day, a man was arrested at Wal-Mart after he tried to exit the store with a set of sheets. There is no word on whether the two knew each other.

A threat

A woman notified the NCSO that her "husband's girlfriend's brother" e-mailed her and stated, "Your a-- is grass and we're going to smoke it." It was undetermined exactly what action was being threatened, but she wanted a report in case anything happened.

For the kids

A woman reportedly entered Shoe Dept. in Newton Plaza with a large empty purse. It wasn't long until she exited the store, at which time clerks reported the purse was "bulging." CPD officers arrived and confronted the woman who handed over her purse stating, "There are shoes in it." She stated she stole the shoes because she needed to get shoes for her children -- the only problem was, the shoes were women's, size 101/2.

Taco hell

A vehicle was observed weaving erratically as a woman drove down Ga. Highway 81. When NCSO deputies stopped the vehicle and asked the woman why she couldn't seem to keep her car in the correct lane of travel, she explained, "I just got a bunch of food from Taco Bell and was fishing through the bag." The deputy thought it might also have something to do with the heavy odor of alcohol emitting from the vehicle. The woman was arrested for DUI.

OK to drive

A man was found in a field passed out at the wheel of his vehicle after he has lost control sliding 77.3 feet off the right side of the roadway into a mailbox on Brown Bridge Road. He then traveled 113.2 feet striking a fence and fence posts and then another 107.7 feet before coming to his final resting place in a vacant field. When he woke up the driver, the deputy asked the man where he got the wrist band on his arm and he said at O'Zone where he had two beers, but he was OK to drive.

Ripped off

A CPD officer observed a man walking down Washington Street who kept looking at his patrol car and making an obvious attempt not to appear too obvious. As the officer got out to question him, the suspect tossed two packages into the grass. Inside the packages the officer discovered prescription drugs and he asked the young man what sort of pills they were. The man said they were hydrocodone pain pills. Upon a closer check, the officer discovered the majority of the pills were actually an antibiotic.

The young man became very upset and told the officer he had been ripped off because the guy he bought them from said all pills were hydrocodone. He went to jail.

  • The owner of a coin laundry contacted the CPD and said he had purchased two pieces of wood wrapped in electrical tape for $300. He thought he was buying a computer fresh from the factory. The man who sold it to him had shown him the printed specs.

The computer salesman is described as a black man with one gold tooth, who is approximately 5 feet, 9 inches to 6 feet tall, weighing about 180 pounds who was wearing a black coat and red and blue sock hat or beanie.

  • A man called the NCSO to say his Toyota pickup was being held for ransom. It seems he traveled from Ohio to Georgia to trade his Ninja motorcycle for the truck. He had met three people over the Internet who were interested in making the trade.

He met with the three at a carwash in Conyers and the trade was accomplished. As he traveled back to Ohio, he spent the night at a motel in Calhoun and when he awoke the next morning, his truck was missing. He found a bill of sale and a key to the truck with a note that demanded an additional $300 for the return of the truck.

Malice aforethought

A woman told NCSO deputies that her ex-boyfriend came to her house and began an argument with her. She said he came inside yelling and talking on his cell phone to his mother. She said she heard him say, "Mama, I'm getting ready to go to jail because I'm gonna slap this b----. He then followed her up the stairs and slapped her. He was gone when deputies arrived.


A woman called the CPD to report the theft of her purse. It seems a man she met on the Internet picked her up for a date and drove her to the RaceWay service station, gave her a debit/credit card and told her to go inside and pay for the gas. She went inside and he drove off, taking her purse with him.

Is there a connection?

A woman notified the NCSO that she'd recently had her tire replaced and when she took her vehicle to the garage, it was fine. When she picked it up, she had an oil leak. She thinks the oil leak was caused by the person changing her tire.

Don't date this one

A woman reported charges on her credit card that she did not make. They were for organizations known as Single Me, U-Date, Cupid Junction and two charges for Match.Com.

Can't do without it

A man reported he had been burglarized and when Newton County Sheriff's Office deputies investigated they found the back door to the residence had been forced open. Deputies discovered water all over the floor and reported, "after an extensive investigation, I determined the toilet was missing. It is my sincere belief the toilet was stolen." The value of the missing fixture was estimated to be $350.

Just testing

A woman dressed in a security guard uniform was observed shoplifting at Kmart. The loss prevention officer told Covington Police he saw the woman put eight towels in her purse and on her person and attempt to leave the store. When confronted, she told the loss prevention officer she was testing the security system. When confronted by the police officer, she admitted she had attempted to steal the towels, but said it was because she liked them and was afraid they'd be gone when she returned to the store with the money. The towels were valued at $61.92 and the woman went to jail.

It's not who you know

A man was stopped by the CPD for driving his motorcycle in a reckless manner. In talking with the driver, it was determined that he had consumed a six-pack of beer and was DUI. The man appealed to the officer's sense of brotherhood, however, and begged him to give him a warning because he once worked on the sheriff's department motorcycles at an area dealership. He went to jail.

Left at the altar

A woman called the Newton County Sheriff's Office to complain that she had just been informed she was no longer to be a member of her cousin's wedding party. That was after she had paid for half of a $162.62 bridesmaid dress.

Food fight

A Newton County Sheriff's Office deputy answered a call regarding a family fight. His investigation revealed there had been no physical altercation; however, siblings began arguing over lemonade and that escalated into yelling, cussing and finally plates of food being slammed onto the ground. The food splattered on the person who called the cops.

The doctor will

see you now

A woman reported to the NCSO that she had received a call from CVS pharmacy stating that her prescription from Dr. McGarity was ready to be picked up. The only problem was, the woman said she hadn't seen Dr. McGarity since 1993.

See no evil

A woman was the victim of a hit and run crash when the driver of a dark color Ford or Chevrolet truck did a U-turn in front of her and traveled in her lane of traffic, hitting her vehicle head-on. She told the NCSO deputy she couldn't provide a better description of the truck because her eyes were closed.

Something old, something new

CPD officers were summoned to Wal-Mart when a woman punched her old boyfriend in the face and struck his new girlfriend on the forehead. The woman was apparently upset because he had cheated on her while they were dating.

All in the family

A woman reported to the NCSO that someone had "keyed" her vehicle, scratching the word "slut" on it and had also inflicted two dents -- one on the passenger side door and one in the rear. She said she thinks the culprit is either "her soon-to-be ex-husband or her current boyfriend's ex-girlfriend." She's probably right because nobody could make that up.

  • A woman called the NCSO to report an assault. She said her stepfather had punched a man in the face because he caught the man having sex with the stepfather's girlfriend, who is also her mother. The man who was hit went to the hospital. The stepfather fled the scene.

"I thought you had it!'

A woman called the NCSO two months after her Dodge Ram pickup was apparently stolen. She said she thought it had been repossessed, but now the finance company is demanding that she turn it in and says they did not pick it up.

Now that's mad

NCSO deputies were called to a domestic dispute and arrived to discover that the wife had taken the husband's truck and used it to run into his boat four or five times because she was angry with him. She also took several plaques and pictures and threw them down on the garage floor, breaking them. She was arrested.

Was it revenge?

A woman called the CPD and said two of her tires had been slashed. She didn't know who did it, but said she had sold a puppy "as is" to a neighbor earlier in the week. The dog died and the man wanted his money back, but she refused. She thought it possible he could be a suspect because his last words to her were, "You got something coming to you."

Not much to work with

A man went to the Covington Police Department recently to report that his red 1973 truck had gone missing while he was in jail -- sometime between October and December of 2009. He said he had been looking for it ever since he got out, but had been unsuccessful in finding it. He did give them a lead, however. He said his 8-year-old niece saw it in the parking lot of a local restaurant in March, April or May.

A cheater

A woman called the CPD to report her boyfriend had cheated on her. She said when she first found it out, she broke his phone and had come to his house that day to pay for the damage. But once there, she got so angry over the cheating, she called the cops. While she was telling this story to the police, she was still irate and couldn't refrain from using profanity in front of her infant son despite several warnings from officers. Finally, they gave up and arrested her.

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 A-1 steak sauce and steak seasoning down his pants.

How cute!

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 it was discovered that mommy's driver's license had been suspended several times. Daddy came to get the little girl. Mommy went to jail.

Rehab didn't take

Newton County Sheriff's Office deputies were dispatched to investigate two suspicious individuals behind a Dumpster at an office complex.

"Both subjects stated they had been released from rehab earlier this date and took a cab to this location to buy beer and pizza," the incident report states, adding that the two admitted they had been there for more than seven hours drinking a case of Ice House beer and waiting for a ride from the wife of one of the men. Deputies gave them a ride to the Newton County Detention Center.

Cut that out

A man called the NCSO to report that his 2000 Acura was damaged while sitting in his driveway. A deer ran into it, he said.