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Police: Man stole $800 in groceries

Photo by Howard Reed

Photo by Howard Reed

COVINGTON -- A Tucker man has been charged with shoplifting following the attempted theft of more than $800 worth of groceries from Kroger just before noon Saturday, according to the Covington Police Department.

Angelo Roberson, 50, of 3382 Lansbury Village, Apt. No. 4, was charged with felony shoplifting after he was allegedly observed pushing a buggy, primarily full of meat, past the customer service desk and out the front door of the Kroger on U.S. Highway 278 without paying for the items.

Store personnel reported seeing Roberson leave the store and go into the parking lot. A store employee followed Robertson and asked to see his receipt.

"Mr. Roberson stated he did not have one," the CPD incident report states.

Employees called 911 to summon police, describing the suspect as a black man, wearing a striped shirt, pushing a buggy full of meat into the Kroger parking lot.

Officers located and detained Roberson and asked him which vehicle he had placed the merchandise in.

"He stated the items were in a beige vehicle located at the end of the parking lot," the report states.

However, officers looked into the vehicle and were unable to locate merchandise there. A witness then told the officers he had seen Roberson place a buggy full of fresh meat into a van also located in the parking lot.

"(Officers) conducted a plain view search, via the passenger window, and discovered that the vehicle was full of fresh meats, toiletries and diapers. Mr. Roberson admitted to taking these items and while conducting a search of his person incident to arrest, several lists of names and grocery items were discovered in his pocket," the report states.

Roberson was arrested and the merchandise amounting to $811.73 was returned to Kroger.

In other crime news, a burglar alarm sounded at Q Beauty Supply in the shopping complex where Publix is located on Brown Bridge Road, around 2:40 a.m. Thursday.

When Newton County Sheriff's Office deputies arrived at the scene, they found the glass front door smashed in.

NCSO spokesman Lt. Mark Mitchell said surveillance video shows a black man wearing a mask, black pants, a black jacket and black gloves smashing the door with an object "possibly a hammer."

The owner of the store reported that nearly $20,000 in beauty products were stolen.

"We've put out a lookout based on the limited information we have and turned it over to CID," Mitchell said.

* The NCSO received a call from the owner of the Almon Road Chevron station Friday who said his clerk had been duped into turning over a large amount of money to a man who said he was doing repairs on the store.

Mitchell said the unidentified man told the clerk he was making repairs to the store the next day and was to receive $525 for the job. He also was given a carton of Kool cigarettes on account. They were valued at $39.

"It turned out the owner was not expecting any repairs," Mitchell said.

* A woman living on Highgate Trail reported that her son had been the victim of an armed robbery sometime between 9 and 10 p.m. Sunday.

She told the NCSO that her son was in the vicinity of Gross Lake Parkway and Fairview Road when two black males approached him at gunpoint. One of the men reportedly had a silver handgun and the other had a black handgun. They confronted the victim and took his winter hat, his denim jacket and $55 in cash.

There was no further description of the suspects.

Mitchell asked that anyone with information on any of these incidents to call the NCSO 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.