ON THE BEAT: Out for a night on the town

“On the Beat” is an occasional reporting of various crimes and complaints confronted by law enforcement personnel in Newton County in the course of their duties. It is compiled by News Editor Barbara Knowles, who can be reached at barbara.knowles@newtoncitizen.com.

Employees of a local store called the Covington Police Department to report a couple believed to be shoplifting. They had their young daughter with them. When police entered the store, they found the man in the checkout line with a knife in his hands. They took the knife from him and asked him to empty his pockets to see if he had anything that belonged to the store. He produced a crack pipe, which he obviously had not gotten at the business. He did, however, have some Silly Putty and two Slim Jims which he had found necessary to shoplift.

By this time, police had also located the woman and observed that both of them appeared to be under the influence of some substance. The woman told them she was on methadone. She admitted to officers she had driven to the store and when told she would not be driving back home, the officers asked if there was someone she could call to come and pick up her daughter. She said her phone was in the car, so they escorted her to her car which they found parked in a handicapped space. When an officer inquired who was handicapped, the woman said her mother was. The mother, however, had not made the trip to the store.

Both suspects went to jail and the Department of Family and Children’s Services was notified.

Can’t turn your back for a minute

A customer at a local thrift store reported his bicycle was stolen after he parked it outside the front door of the store. A cashier inside the store said they may have sold it.

May he rest in peace

A complainant called the Newton County Sheriff’s Office to report “suspicious activity” at her home. She told the responding deputy that someone had placed a “deceased” squirrel inside her mailbox. The deputy reported finding “no evidence of value” as to who interred the squirrel inside the mailbox.

No-win situation

A man called the NCSO to complain that his ex-wife’s boyfriend called him to say that his children weren’t really his because he never comes to see them, but if he did try to see them, he would have a bullet put in his head.

Somewhere between here and there

A man contacted the NCSO by fax to report he had lost his wallet about 10 days previously. He said he had “tried to take time to look for it, but couldn’t find it.” He gave deputies a pretty good clue, however, of where they could start the search. “I was in Virginia for about two weeks where I could possibly have lost it. I’m not really sure at the exact point when I lost my wallet.”

Figured it out too late

A home was burglarized and the homeowner reported the incident to the NCSO, listing $3,820 worth of items taken, including everything from high end clothing and shoes to jewelry. There was no sign of forced entry and the homeowner said she thinks the burglar may have helped himself to the spare key that is left over the back door.

No fear

A Juvenile Court employee notified the Covington Police Department that she discovered her cellphone missing from her office after she had two juvenile suspects in for questioning.

Sentimental fool

A woman contacted the NCSO by fax stating her diamond engagement ring was missing from her jewelry box. She said she remembered seeing the ring last April toward the end of the month, but that she had not worn the ring in 15 months.