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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vacationing close to home
A man was observed in Walmart on Industrial Boulevard selecting more than $300 worth of camping gear and trying to leave the store without paying for it. The CPD was called and officers asked the man what he planned on doing with all the miscellaneous equipment. He said he was going camping over at the Turner Lake Recreation Complex. He went to jail instead.
'That ain't me'
A woman notified the Newton County Sheriff's Office that someone had created a fraudulent profile of her on a dating website known as plentyoffish.com. She said they used pictures, personal information and made propositions and suggestions of lewd behavior.
A learning experience
A young man was observed shoplifting merchandise at Walmart on Salem Road and escorted to the office by a loss prevention officer to await the arrival of the NCSO. When deputies arrived, the young man was found to be in possession of cards valued at $77.66 which were said to be part of a game known as "Magic the Gathering." When asked why he did it, the young man said he "had a moment of stupidity."
A man called the NCSO to report that someone had damaged his hot tub by dropping a 45-pound weight into it. They had also thrown chairs into his pool and put a hole in the liner causing the water level to decrease. The man said he'd continue to keep an eye on the water level and advise.
Who'd do that?
A woman advised she went to her lakeside property and noticed the party tent she has there had been moved to a different position than where she left it. The, after inspecting it closely, she thinks the unknown person had actually replaced her tent with one of inferior quality. She said she is also missing a patio table and chairs and another one that was white when she last saw it was now painted black.
A woman told the NCSO that a woman she barely knows and is only familiar with her first name stopped by her house and asked to use the restroom. The woman was in the bathroom for about a half hour and after she left, the woman said she noticed some of her jewelry was missing.
He loves me, he loves me not
A woman called the NCSO to say that her estranged husband -- they are separated, but still married -- put $300 in her checking account. A few days later he called to tell her he wanted the money back or her car would be sitting on its rims.
An NCSO deputy reported that he was at an apartment complex and a woman pulled her car up next to his and said she needed to talk to him about an argument she and her husband were having.
Several Walmart loss prevention associates observed three men take $7.47 worth of condoms and leave the store. They called the Covington Police Department and the men were arrested for shoplifting.
Car theft ... I think
A woman reported to the NCSO that sometime around the first of the year she had left her car parked in her friend's driveway. Around the middle of April the woman called her and said the car was no longer there.
-- A man called the NCSO in April to say his car had been stolen by his girlfriend in September. Asked why he waited so long to report it, the man said he'd been in two jails since that time.
A man went to the shed in his backyard and was startled to find a bone on the floor. He thought it looked like a human knee bone and called the NCSO. The bone was determined to be from an animal, but it would have made a good story.
'I know all about it'
An NCSO deputy stopped a vehicle and asked the driver if he knew why he was being stopped. The man said, yes, it was because he didn't have a tag on his car and went on to explain he'd recently been stopped by the Rockdale County Sheriff's Office for the same thing.