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Covington woman cleaning church robbed of her wallet

COVINGTON — Another person at a church was robbed Monday morning, according to the Covington Police Department.

The Newton County Sheriff’s Office reported a stranger was allowed to enter the bathroom facilities at Stewart Baptist Church Preschool on Friday around 10 a.m. and shortly thereafter it was noticed that $580 in cash and checks belonging to the preschool were missing.

In this most recent case, a woman cleaning Trinity United Methodist Church, located at 6154 Collins St., N.E., reported that she arrived at the church around 10:30 a.m., placed her pocketbook on a counter and began to vacuum. She said she left the door by which she entered the church unlocked.

She continued cleaning and vacuuming and when she returned to the area where she had first vacuumed, she noticed items on the floor which had not been there previously.

She told CPD officers she then looked in her purse and noticed her wallet containing $75 in cash and other documents and credit cards was missing. No one else was seen at the church.

The CPD is continuing its investigation into the matter.

In other crime news, a Windward Way homeowner reported to the Newton County Sheriff’s Office that he found several bullet holes in the rear storm door and rear window of his house. The complainant told deputies he had no idea who could have caused the damage.

Also, a woman who apparently lost her driver’s license reported a strange episode to the CPD.

The woman said the last time she had her license was at QuikTrip on U.S. Highway 278 where she purchased some cigarettes. She then went to her home and around 10 p.m. she began receiving text messages on her cellphone from an unknown person that he or she was in possession of her driver’s license.

According to the CPD incident report, “There were several text messages that stated that they had her license, they sent a picture of her license, stated that she was wanted, they had a warrant and that she needed to turn herself in, stated that she was a ‘crook’ and that they were the ‘Newton County Police.’”

Efforts by the CPD to get in touch with those sending the text messages that night were unsuccessful.

The report goes on to say that the woman was upset over the incident and said she didn’t care who it was texting her, she wanted them prosecuted.

The officer went to QuikTrip to try to discover what happened to the woman’s license, and an employee at QuikTrip confirmed that she had not left the license there. Video tape was set to be reviewed to see if it captured someone picking the license up at that location.

CPD detectives are continuing to investigate the matter.