Man reports $65k of damage to home from copper thieves

Scrap copper theft reported at Ga. Power substation

COVINGTON — A man who had not visited his home in Covington for more than two years returned recently to find it had been burglarized and vandalized.

The man filed a report with the Newton County Sheriff’s Office on Monday and said he had not been to his vacation home on Sara Drive since June 2011, at which time the home had no damage and he left all the doors secure, said NCSO Deputy Felicia Jefferson.

When he returned recently, he found that the home had been broken into and there were several holes in the wall with insulation and drywall all over the floor, Jefferson said.

“(The victim) said due to the damage that was done to the home and the air conditioning unit and copper wiring being ripped out of the walls, he estimated the damage to be about $65,000,” the incident report states.

In other news, an employee with Georgia Power reported to the Newton County Sheriff’s Office on Monday that a four-wheeler had been left at the Georgia Power substation located at 14119 U.S. Highway 278.

“The complainant also stated there had been a theft of scrap copper wire from the site on or about Nov. 30,” the incident report states. “Four-wheeler tracks were found at the site near the area the copper was taken from.”

The employee told the deputy that he was not sure if the older model red and black Kawasaki Bayou 220 that was found Monday belongs to a hunter in the area or to someone checking the site for more copper, according to the report.

Inside the rear box of the four-wheeler were several hand tools, such as a yellow flashlight, a hammer, a screwdriver and vise-grip pliers, the report states.