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Man charged with stealing Boy Scout candy from porch

COVINGTON — “Be prepared” is the Boy Scout motto, which came in handy for one family who was able to help deputies quickly track down a man who allegedly stole candy for a local Boy Scout troop’s fundraiser, thanks to a home surveillance system.

UPS had delivered a 32-pound box of Trophy Nuts candy worth $538 to a home on Chestnut Drive.

The homeowner had installed a video surveillance camera set up at the front door. When the son realized on Friday the candy was missing, he looked at the video footage, according to the Newton County Sheriff’s Office.

“The victim’s son called (his mother) and said he saw a black male come on their porch and take the box of candy and walk off,” said NCSO Investigator Jeff Alexander.

The victim called the Sheriff’s Office and a deputy arrived who also viewed the video and was able to gather a description of the suspect.

A few minutes later, another deputy reported seeing a man meeting the same description nearby.

“The deputy took custody of the man and he admitted to taking the candy,” Alexander said. “He said he just wanted the candy.”

Raymond Clark III, 35, of 15 Parkwood Drive in Covington, was charged with theft by taking.

The case of candy – unopened and undamaged – was returned to the victims.

In other news, a man who benefited from the help of some Good Samaritans when he wrecked his car Sunday was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol.

Newton County deputies responded to the scene of a single-car accident just after midnight Sunday in southern Newton County on Ga. Highway 36 near Ga. Highway 162. The driver had apparently flipped his car and was trapped inside his 2007 Ford Edge.

Several people saw the man’s car and stopped to help him, according to the incident report.

One of the witnesses opened the car door to help free the man, and when he got out of the car, she could smell a strong odor of alcohol on him, Alexander said.

Once the car door was opened, the driver took off running into the woods. He was wearing camouflage pants and no shirt.

Deputies arriving on the scene found the man, Jeffrey Scott Smith, 36, of 105 Aikens Way, about 300 yards from the accident scene laying next to a creek trying to hide, the incident report states.

Smith was taken to Newton Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries and then was escorted to the Newton County Detention Center where he was charged with DUI, improper lane usage, open container and failure to stop at the scene of an accident.