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Clerk chased by would-be robber at Dollar General

Photo by Howard Reed

Photo by Howard Reed

COVINGTON -- The Newton County Sheriff's Office is investigating the attempted armed robbery of the Dollar General Store at 3227 Salem Road early Sunday morning.

According to NCSO Public Information Officer Deputy Courtney Morrison, a 45-year-old clerk at the store was leaving the facility around 6:15 a.m. Sunday when a man approached her with a gun. The woman told investigators she was en route to the bank to make a deposit.

The man chased her to her vehicle and when she jumped in the car, she locked the door.

"He began striking the window several times with the handgun," Morrison said. "She drove off and left the parking lot."

No words were exchanged during the incident, Morrison said.

"Nobody was injured, there was no damage to the vehicle, nothing was taken and he took off on foot toward Salem Road," she said.

The suspect is described as a black male, approximately 5 feet, 6 inches tall, weighing about 125 pounds who was wearing a black hoodie sweat shirt and dark pants.

The NCSO asks anyone with information on this incident to call them at 678-625-1400. Tips can be given to the NCSO anonymously at 678-625-5007 or through their Web site at www.newtonsheriffga.org and clicking on "anonymous tips." Those who want a response from NCSO personnel should leave contact information.

Covington Police officers were called to a pungent scene at DJ's Package Store around 9:45 p.m. Saturday when a vehicle crashed through the front window and broke multiple bottles of merchandise.

According to CPD spokesman Capt. Ken Malcom, the driver of a 1994 Buick LeSabre was attempting to park in front of the store when his brakes failed.

"He struck the glass store front of the business and came to a stop inside the store," Malcom said. "There were bottles of merchandise that were damaged, but the business contact was unable to determine the amount lost."

Malcom said the person driving the vehicle was not intoxicated and it was determined the crash was due to mechanical failure.

In other crime news, Covington Police were confronted Saturday night by a large crowd of people milling around in the area of Puckett Street and Chaney Drive celebrating Nelson Heights Day.

According to the CPD incident report, a number of calls were received from people complaining that the roads were being blocked by vehicles and people in the streets, loud music, reckless driving and fighting. Police estimated there were between 200 and 300 people of all ages, including small children, walking the streets and standing in front of homes.

At least two men were arrested -- one for disorderly conduct after he repeatedly screamed curse words and another for public drunkenness.