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On the Beat: Man must have had DUIs before

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.

Been there, done that

A man was stopped by CPD officers for suspected DUI and when the officer walked up to the car, the driver was on his cell phone. The officer told him to put the phone away and the man held his hand up and said, "Hold on. You've got me," and proceeded to ask the person on the phone with him, "Can you get my car? I'm going to jail." He was right.

Seriously wants her car

The owner of an auto sales lot called the CPD to report that a customer called the business and was yelling at him for not having her vehicle ready or giving her money back. The man said he explained they were working as fast as they could. She then said that she was going to come blow the business up.

Somebody's in trouble now

A woman complained that items valued at $3,000 were stolen from her storage shed, including several Holy Bibles and collectible angels.

Dubious gift

A woman called the NCSO to say someone left a four-wheeler on her porch and she believed it came from her brother-in-law and was for his son who is in her custody. She wanted to make sure it wasn't stolen, but there were no VIN numbers found on it.

They'll steal anything

-- A man reported that someone stole his $250 dog house out of his back yard.

-- The Walmart Loss Prevention Department reported that two men stole several boxes of condoms from the store. Law enforcement arrived and a store spokesman said they would not prosecute; however, the officer smelled marijuana on the two and they were subsequently arrested.

-- An envelope under a mattress went missing from a patient under the care of a personal care nurse. The man said he asked the nurse about it and "she laughed about the situation."

-- A woman called the NCSO to report that someone had stolen a General Electric washing machine out of her yard. The washing machine was in the yard while connections were being completed in the house.

-- Two women stole Jolly Rancher Gummies and Reese's Pieces from Walmart. The candy was valued at 98 cents each. Both women were banned from Walmart.

-- A man went to a convenience store and took a 10-pound bag of ice out of the cooler and left without paying for it. The owner of the store reported the incident to the NCSO. Several minutes later, a family fight call was received and deputies found the man with the bag of ice at the location. He went to jail for shoplifting.

-- A woman called the CPD to complain that two plastic chairs, valued at $5 each, were stolen from her front porch. There were no suspects identified.

Unwelcome visitor

A woman called the Covington Police Department to say there was a 17-year-old boy in her daughter's bedroom who refused to leave her house. She said the young man had been told he was unwelcome, but then she heard a noise coming from her daughter's room and yelled for him to get out of her house. He didn't leave. The police found him hiding in the closet.

They'll always find out

A woman driver was stopped for having no tail lights and when the CPD officer asked for her license, she said she'd left it at home. She then gave her name and date of birth to the officer, which indicated she was born in 1965. The officer noted she didn't appear to be that old, but tried three times to find the information she gave him in the computer. Finally, the woman said. "I'm going to be honest with you, that is the wrong information. I have a suspended license and I was nervous, which is why I gave you the wrong information." She knew it was time to be nervous because with the proper information, the officer discovered she had already been convicted twice for driving on a suspended license. She went to jail a third time.

Know who you're dealing with

A woman was stopped by an NCSO deputy on Interstate 20 after she and her male passenger were involved in a skirmish at the Waffle House and were seen drinking beer. The woman's driving was very erratic, and though she smelled of alcohol, she refused to take a field sobriety test. Her 20-year-old passenger, who also appeared to have been drinking, asked the deputy if he knew who he was. The deputy admitted to being mystified and he asked him again, more loudly and with profanity, if he knew who he was. Again, the deputy said he didn't know him and he needed to see some ID. The young man threw his driver's license at the deputy and then explained who he was. "I'm a 20-year-old bull rider and I'm tough," he said. Both the driver and the passenger went to jail.Family fight

A woman called the NCSO to report that her significant other hit her on the left side of her face. Deputies noted swelling on the woman's cheek. They then went and found the man who explained that the woman hit him with her left hand and "it was my reflex that I hit her with my right hand." He had no marks and went to jail.

No delivery here

A Fed-Ex delivery man said he tried to deliver a package and a man with a barking dog came out of the house and asked him who he was and what he wanted. He told him he was just trying to deliver a package. The man and dog then went back inside the house and a moment later returned, and this time the man had a gun. He told the delivery man he didn't want whatever it was he had. He made his point and the delivery man left and went straight to the Sheriff's Office.