COVINGTON -- The Newton County Sheriff's Office disrupted two suspected burglaries in progress and caught suspects in a third burglary minutes after it occurred on Tuesday.
NCSO Public Information Officer Deputy Cortney Morrison said around 7:30 a.m. a call came in from 20 Line Drive about a suspicious male on the property.
"The complainant said she woke up and noticed her power was off. She then heard a noise and looked out the window and saw a black male, wearing blue latex gloves, a light blue knit hat, blue jeans and a dark shirt standing outside her house," Morrison said. "She went to a different room to get a better look and when she separated the blinds to look out, he saw her and ran from the scene."
Morrison said deputies were in the area and were able to get to the home quickly and set up a perimeter and located the man. The woman identified him as the man she saw standing beside her house.
"He did disable the electricity," Morrison said. "The homeowners did have an alarm with a sign in the yard which clued him in that the electricity would have to be disconnected."
Arrested was Tyler Dwayne Mitchell, 18, of 135 Country Creek Road, Newborn, who was charged with criminal trespass, loitering and prowling, criminal attempt (burglary), and possession of tools for the commission of a crime.
The same day around 2:30 p.m. deputies were called to a residence at 180 Oak Hill Drive after a neighbor reported hearing a burglar alarm sounding.
"They did find the back door open and were able to confirm that one Xbox 360 and two controllers were stolen, along with three Xbox 360 games," Morrison said. "Then around 2:45, they received another call from 15 Glen Echo Drive, which is off Highway 81 and in close proximity to Oak Hill Drive."
Morrison said in that instance a woman had called and reported a suspicious silver car was sitting in the cul-de-sac on her street and there were two black males ringing her front door bell. She said when they stopped ringing the bell, they walked to the rear of her house, repeatedly pulling on her storm door, and then left.
Morrison said deputies got there quickly and set up a perimeter in the area and were able to stop a vehicle on Ga. Highway 81 that fit the woman's description.
"The complainant described the men as one being a tall, light-skinned black male and the other as a short, dark-skinned black male," Morrison said, adding that when deputies ran the identities of the two men through their in-car computer system, they were able to get photos of them.
The woman was able to identify the two from the photos and they were arrested. In searching the vehicle, deputies discovered the Xbox 360, the two controllers and three Xbox 360 games, which were determined to have been taken in the Oak Hill Drive burglary minutes earlier. They also located a gun.
Arrested and charged were Diante Cleophas Reynolds, 20, of 1396 Fall River Drive, who was charged with burglary, criminal attempt to commit burglary, theft by receiving stolen property, criminal trespass and furnishing a weapon to persons under 21; and Robert Andrew Rankins, 18, of 13184 Greywolf Lane, who was charged with burglary, criminal attempt to commit burglary and criminal trespass.