ON THE BEAT: Police: Woman returns purse, sans wallet

Photo by Corinne Nicholson

Photo by Corinne Nicholson

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.

A good Samaritan?

A woman had taken her baby to Newton Medical Center's emergency room, and while the child was being treated, she left her purse under her chair. A man in the waiting room, who was accompanied by a female, found her and returned the purse to her.

While still at the hospital, the woman realized her wallet was missing from her purse and she called the CPD. When officers arrived, they questioned the couple that returned the purse and they denied taking the wallet. A theft report was taken, but just as one of the officers was leaving the emergency room, he saw the man and woman inside a treatment room.

He knocked on the door and went in and said, "Sometimes good people make bad decisions and those decisions lead to mistakes and regret. I just watched the surveillance video from the lobby of the ER."

The man again denied taking the wallet, but after a few minutes, the woman began to cry. Finally she said, "I stole the wallet," and admitted hiding it under the seat of a friend's truck who was unaware the wallet was there. The friend was contacted and he brought the wallet back to the ER; the lady who lost her wallet got it and all its contents back; and the woman who took it went to jail.

God's gonna get you

A woman reported to the Newton County Sheriff's Office that someone stole a headstone belonging to her from Lovejoy United Methodist Church cemetery. It was described as black marble with pink writing and pictures.

* A man called the NCSO to report that someone had stolen the battery out of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church bus. It is valued at $300.

Teen problems

A woman called the Covington Police Department to report her 17-year-old son was being disrespectful to her and requested that they talk to him. The young man said the problem was that his mother wouldn't let him hang out in the breezeway of their apartment complex because she thought he was hanging out with "hoochie girls." He then became not only disrespectful but threatening to the police officers who took him to jail.

Secure your load

A man driving on Interstate 20 did significant damage to his vehicle when he hit a baby stroller that fell out of a vehicle in front of him. The vehicle was driven by a woman who had several strollers and other baby equipment stacked in the back of a truck that were not properly tied down.

Obama aide

A man who was found to be in possession of and driving under the influence of an illegal substance gave officers a hard time arresting him and it became necessary to Taser him. On the way to jail he told officers he was a "(expletive) federal agent and that we would lose our jobs. He stated he worked for President Obama and would have this problem taken care of. (He) said apparently we did not know who were (messing) with."

Nocturnal visitor

A woman called the NCSO to say that a bat had entered her bedroom. A deputy came to the residence and found that the bat had flown into the hallway. He "dispatched" the bat.


A woman notified the NCSO that the apartment she was moving out of had been burglarized. Someone had entered the apartment by kicking in the back door, but the burglar had done something a bit strange. "Whoever did it had already repaired the door jam," the woman told authorities.

Long gone

A man brought his $300 comforter to a local coin laundry and gave the owner of the place $3 to dry it for him. He said he had an emergency to tend to and would be back. He didn't go back until the next day and the man told him a short, black woman had already been there and picked up the comforter. He filed a theft report with the NCSO.

* A man told the NCSO that someone had broken into his outside freezer and took the following: boneless chicken breasts, breaded chicken breasts, catfish, fish filets, country fried steaks, bacon and sausage. The total value was $410.

Fussin' and fightin'

A homeowner called the NCSO to report that two women were in his home arguing and he wanted them to leave. When deputies arrived and spoke with several witnesses, it was determined the homeowner was in possession of a gun and was the cause of the altercation. He was arrested and charged with reckless conduct.

* A man called the NCSO to report that his ex-mother-in-law was calling and texting him about not letting his son visit her. He said she was threatening to come to his place of work if he did not return her calls.

Well, hello!

A man called the NCSO to say he was awakened about 4:30 a.m. by his doorbell ringing. When he went to the door, there stood a woman in a bikini who asked to come inside. He called 911 because she was obviously lost and intoxicated. It was discovered she had been in an accident and wandered away from the scene.