COVINGTON — The Newton County Sheriff’s Office is looking into three armed robberies that occurred over the weekend in the same general location near the Rockdale County line. The incidents may be connected.
The first incident occurred at the Somerset apartment complex at 226 Greenleaf Road between 3:45 and 3:52 a.m. on Saturday.
According to NCSO Public Information Officer Cortney Morrison, a man reported that he and his girlfriend had just arrived home and had exited their vehicle before going inside their apartment when they were approached by two black males dressed in dark clothing.
“They demanded ‘everything they had’ and one had a silver handgun,” Morrison said. “The victim said they took his cell phone, his wallet, an undisclosed amount of cash, cigarettes and keys to his car and apartment.”
Morrison said the female who was with him was not robbed and the men seemed to ignore her.
“The victim did not get a good description because they had something covering part of their face,” Morrison said.
The two suspects ran from the area in the direction of a trail that leads to the Enclave subdivision, Morrison said.
Then between 4:45 and 4:48 a.m. that same morning, a very similar attempted robbery took place in the Enclave subdivision at 804 Gross Lake Parkway.
“The victim said he was going to his vehicle in the parking lot when three black males approached him with a silver handgun and demanded ‘everything he had,’ Morrison said.
All three of these men were described as wearing black and one had on a dark mask.
“The complainant said he turned around and ran back into his house and called 911,” Morrison said, adding that he didn’t give anything to the suspects.
He was unable to give a good description or say which way they went.
Still another complaint was phoned in that night of an armed robbery that took place in the Somerset apartment complex between 8 and 9 p.m.
The Papa John’s Pizza restaurant at the Honey Creek location in Rockdale County received an order for a pizza at the apartment at 723 Greenleaf Road in the Somerset complex.
Morrison said a pizza delivery person went to the door, knocked and identified herself.
“A male says through the door from inside, ‘Didn’t order any pizza.’” Morrison said, adding that the same thing happened when she knocked again.
The delivery person then called back to Papa John’s to make sure she had the right address and confirmed that it was 723 Greenleaf Road and knocked for a third time and again a voice came through the door saying no pizza was ordered.
When she went to leave and was about to get in her car, she said she heard a noise to her left and turned around and three black men were walking toward her and one of them was pointing a small black handgun at her.
“The one pointing the gun at her said ‘Give me your money.’ She took her money out of her pocket and gave it to him and one of the other males in the group said, ‘Give me the pizza.’” Morrison said. “They ran off and she was able to leave and go back to the store and call 911.”
The man pointing the gun was described a dark-skinned black man, wearing a zip-up hoodie; the one who demanded the pizza is described as a light-skinned black man wearing a yellow zip-up hoodie jacket; and the third man is described as a dark-skinned black man wearing a black skull cap and a long-sleeve black shirt. All three were said to be between 18 and 22 years of age, between 5 feet, 9 inches and 5 feet, 11 inches tall and weighing between 190 and 200 pounds.
“Because these incidents have so many similarities, investigators are looking to see if they are connected and may have been committed by the same individuals. It is a short walk from the Enclave to the Somerset apartments and investigators are looking for a link between these incidents,” Morrison said.
Anyone who may have information on any of these incidents is asked to call the NCSO at 678-625-1400 and ask to speak to an investigator or go to the website at www.newtonsheriffga.gov.