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Attempt to recycle stolen items leads to arrests

COVINGTON -- Two people were arrested Friday after an employee at L&B Recycling on Washington Street reported some possible stolen items had been brought to the business.

When a Covington Police officer responded to L&B, an employee told him that a man and woman were attempting to scrap six to eight metal rolling dollies and two dishwashers. The employee said that he had received a phone call from Solid Rock Baptist Church advising that the same number of dollies had been stolen from the church property.

The man and woman who allegedly tried to scrap the dollies were still at L&B and spoke with the officer. The woman reportedly told the officer they had gotten the dollies from her father.

During questioning by the officer, the male suspect reportedly admitted that he had taken the dollies from behind the church on Thursday, but that the female suspect was not with him, although she knew they were stolen. He also reportedly admitted that he took the two dishwashers from the church.

The female suspect, identified as Donya Guffey, 37, of 312 Haygood Ave., was arrested on a charge of obstruction of an officer based on the allegation that she had lied to police. The male suspect, identified as Rodney Bates, 36, of 9161 City Pond Road, Room 237, was charged with theft by receiving. Both were taken to the Newton County Detention Center.

The stolen items were turned over to someone from the church.

In other police news, an employee of the city of Covington allegedly stole a city F250 utility truck, wrecked it on Flat Shoals Road and fled the accident scene.

Officers with the Covington Police Department, Georgia State Patrol and Newton County Sheriff's Office responded to the accident at about 3:15 a.m. Sunday. Officers found the truck had left the roadway and crashed into a yard. A neighborhood resident told officers that the driver of the utility truck had run away from the accident, heading southeast on Flat Shoals Road.

City officers determined that the truck had been stolen from the city lot on Emory Street at City Hall. Inside the vehicle officers found a cell phone belonging to city employee Brad Perry, 24, of 50 White Laurel St. Covington officers reported that Perry had been seen at The Depot in Covington about an hour earlier.

Deputies went to Perry's residence to bring him in for questioning, but he was not at home. Perry later reportedly called the Covington Police Department and said that he "wanted to turn himself in."

Perry was taken to the Newton County Detention Center by a Georgia State Patrol trooper. He was charged with driving under the influence, failure to maintain lane and theft by taking felony.

The city truck, which sustained extensive damage according to the incident report, was towed to the city shop lot.