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Woman steals $580 in cash, checks from Covington church preschool

COVINGTON -- The law doesn't say it's worse to steal from a church than from any place else, but some folks feel it should.

Three workers at the Stewart Baptist Church Preschool, located at 158 Stewart Church Road near Ga. Highway 36 in southern Newton County, were kind to a stranger Friday morning and wound up being robbed.

They told investigators with the Newton County Sheriff's Office that around 10:30 a.m. a well-dressed black female, who appeared to be in her 50s, knocked on the door and asked to use the restroom. One of the women said she thought the woman was with some members of the church who were helping to clean the grounds, so she let her in.

According to the NCSO incident report, the woman went to the restroom next to the dining hall where the purses belonging to the three women were on a table.

About an hour after the woman left, one of the workers discovered $180 was missing from her purse; another worker had $400 missing; and one woman had six to eight personal checks from parents paying tuition to the preschool that were also taken.

Investigators with the NCSO are looking into the theft. Anyone who may have information is asked to call 678-625-1400 or go the NCSO web site at newtonsheriffga.org to make an anonymous tip.

In other crime news, a woman reported to the Covington Police Department that she was shot at as she was driving away from QuickTrip on U.S. Highway 278 Sunday night around 10:30.

She told officers that she saw three black males at the gas pumps driving a Grand Am before she left and she had been having "trouble" with the sister of one of the males. She said the Grand Am followed her as she left the station and travelled north on Emory Street and at that time the shots were fired.

According to the CPD incident report, the woman was "visibly shaken" over the incident.

Also, an NCSO deputy was on patrol near the intersection of Herring and Emory streets Saturday around 10 p.m. when a Honda Civic almost collided with him while improperly passing other vehicles.

According to the NCSO incident report, the deputy followed the vehicle onto Interstate 20 west from Alcovy Road and attempted to initiate a traffic stop.

"The vehicle made a hard right hand turn from the fast lane onto the Interstate 20 exit 90 on ramp and lost control of the vehicle going through the grass and hitting a sign and a few small trees," the report states. "No one was injured in the accident and all (four) subjects in the vehicle left the scene before I was able to make it to the vehicle."

The owner of the vehicle was located and she advised deputies who should have been driving the vehicle.

Warrants have been issued for Michael Quinton Davis of 2163 Hendrick St. with outstanding charges of fleeing or attempting to elude, leaving the scene of an accident, driving while license is suspended or revoked, reckless driving, passing in a no passing zone and failure to maintain lane.

Comments

Covingtonian 1 year, 9 months ago

I think the headline is misleading due to the fact the well dressed black woman was not seen taking any money and there were other people on the grounds who could have seized the opportunity. After all, it was nearly an hour later when the thefts were discovered.The headline should have read "well dressed black woman allegedly takes..." OR "theif steals from church members". I in no way condone stealing, In fact I despise a theif but lets not sensationalize or make conjectures to sell papers. As far as anyone knows a male could have taken the money, just saying.

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momofone 1 year, 9 months ago

I guess you missed the line where she knocked on the door and the staff had to let her in. This would lead one to think that no one else had entered the building. Just because they were on the grounds does not mean that they had access to the interior. Motive-?, means- yes, she was in the building and had access to the articles taken, opportunity- she was alone and had the time to take the items. Two out of three versus some random person that no one saw. I think that they are on the right track which is why there are investigators in this world and not just random people who get to try to pass judgement. The headline is not misleading as the police do think that this woman was responsible.

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Covingtonian 1 year, 9 months ago

You could be right and probably are but it still doesn't change the facts that I stated. Another thing you and I and other readers are not aware of is whether others on the grounds had any keys to or access to any other doors. My original statement stands.

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phone 1 year, 9 months ago

Have you nothing better to do than play devil's advocate?

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Southside 1 year, 9 months ago

Either way, the money is gone and nobody knows who took it

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FishyFishy 1 year, 9 months ago

I think what's worse is that: #1: A stranger was let into a preschool. Period. #2: Stranger was not supervised or escorted to and from the restroom and #3: A STRANGER WAS LET INTO A PRESCHOOL!!!!

They are lucky just their money was stolen. As a parent, termination of employees who allowed entry or I would pull my child from that school.

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alexander 1 year, 9 months ago

What well dressed person cleans up a yard..think people.

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