Two alleged burglars nabbed by Newton Crime Suppression Unit

COVINGTON -- The Newton County Sheriff's Office Crime Suppression Unit was right on the spot to make arrests on June 19 when a home in the East Country Woods subdivision was burglarized.

According to NCSO Public Information Officer Felecia Jefferson, a good citizen who notified 911 dispatchers that a burglary was taking place was also instrumental in the arrest of two alleged burglars.

"The witness observed the suspects in the yard of a home, loading stolen items into a vehicle," Jefferson said. "The witness was able to provide a detailed description of the suspects."

Jefferson said as deputies approached the area, the two suspects fled on foot.

"A foot chase ensued ... One of the suspects jumped a fence and the other suspect ran through a gated fence, causing damage to the top of the fence while attempting to elude the deputies," Jefferson said.

Deputies from the Crime Suppression Unit were able to apprehend one suspect and after seeing his partner arrested, the second suspect turned himself in.

Facing charges of burglary are Dondre Ramey, 17, of 60 Woodcrest Drive and a 16-year-old juvenile.

Items they had attempted to steal from the home included electronics and shoes.

In other crime news, a 21-year-old man reported to the NCSO on June 22 an alleged assault that occurred on June 21 around 10:30 p.m. in the parking lot of the Kroger store on Salem Road.

The man reported that he was approached while in the grocery store parking lot by an unknown black male who asked to borrow his cell phone. He said he handed the male his phone, who then proceeded to walk away. When he objected and tried to get the phone back, a second unknown black male approached with some sort of pipe and hit him in the face.

The man said he was later transported to the hospital by his sister.

The case is still under investigation.

Also, on June 23, a man was arrested after he allegedly drove his vehicle into a woman's house, causing more than $21,000 in damages.

Joshua Brandon Scott, 27, of 80 Bentley Place, was charged with DUI, leaving the scene of an accident, open container and criminal damage to property.

According to Jefferson, deputies were dispatched to Fairview Road where they saw Scott, who appeared to be under the influence, trying to push a vehicle out of the roadway.

"The deputies were told that Mr. Scott was a person of interest in a property damage call at 45 Livingston Way," Jefferson said.

Going back to Livingston Way, the homeowner there said that Scott had damaged her property.

"She stated the suspect drove through the back of her yard, called her name, damaged the lawn while driving on it and he ended up driving into her home and caused her bed to be broken from the impact," Jefferson said.