COVINGTON -- Three people were victims of a home invasion Wednesday evening, according to the Newton County Sheriff's Office
Around 6:30 p.m., three men kicked in the front door of a residence at 125 Gross Lake Parkway where a 63-year-old woman, her 16-year-old daughter and a 33 year-old male reside.
"Three black males entered yelling, 'Police,' but they weren't in uniform nor did they show any badges," said NCSO spokesman Lt. Keith Crum. "They made the victims lay down on the floor and then they went through the house, stealing several items and cash. They then fled the area on foot."
Crum said the items they stole were small things they could carry away and he said investigators were withholding the amount of cash stolen.
"The crime scene was processed, investigators conducted interviews with victims and they're working the case now," Crum said.
In other crime news, a man was arrested by NCSO deputies around 4:30 p.m. Monday after he allegedly attempted to extort money from a 78-year-old man.
Jason Dean Wuerdeman, 24, of 245 River Brooke Terrace faces charges of theft by extortion in connection with the incident.
Crum said the elderly man contacted the sheriff's office and said the younger man was trying to extort money from him and had demanded that he meet him in the parking lot of CVS Pharmacy at the intersection of Ga. Highway 36 and the Bypass with $1,000.
Crum said when the younger man showed up, NCSO units were in place and attempted to arrest him.
"He tried to flee on foot, but units picked him up and arrested him, although he did struggle," Crum said. "He's now in jail."
Also, on June 28, a 16-year-old reported that she had been raped by a man known to her.
"The girl called the Sheriff's Office, an investigation was conducted, information gathered, charges of rape were made and an arrest warrant issued," Crum said.
Being held at Newton County Detention Center without bond is Richard Timothy Dillon, 43, of 50 Country Woods Drive who was charged with rape.
Also, Newton County Animal Control was the victim of a burglary when nearly $1,000 worth of dry dog food was stolen from the facility after hours between July 18 and July 19.
Included in the 33 bags of food taken was Purina One Beyond, Pedigree Large Breed and Puriina Beneful. Also taken were three bags of cedar chips.