Monday, August 20, 2012
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COVINGTON -- A Newton County Sheriff's Office deputy thwarted the theft of more than $256,000 worth of construction equipment Friday morning resulting in the arrest of two suspects and the recovery of the stolen property.
According to NCSO spokesman Lt. Keith Crum, a GPS alerting system attached to one of the pieces of equipment alerted the victim that his stolen tractor trailer was headed down Interstate 20 in Newton County and the Covington/Newton County 911 Emergency Dispatch Center was notified.
Crum said Friday morning around 8 a.m. a deputy located the truck which was listed on GCIC as having been stolen from a company by the name of Nash out of Lynchburg, Va. The deputy attempted a traffic stop on Interstate 20 and the truck pulled over in the Walmart parking lot on Industrial Boulevard.
"The driver and a passenger exited the truck and ran," Crum said. "Both were caught after a short foot chase."
Arrested were Tyrone Lamont Ross, 36, of Snellville and Reginald Shawn Cobb, 31, of Hampton, both of whom were charged with obstruction of a law enforcement officer, theft by receiving and theft by bringing stolen property into the state.
"Inside that trailer was some extremely valuable construction equipment," Crum said, which included four John Deere skidloaders. "All told, there was $256,000 worth of stolen merchandise which was recovered."