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Shoplifting suspect faces other charges

COVINGTON — A man suspected of shoplifting has landed in the Newton County Detention Center on drug and simple battery charges.

The loss prevention officer at Walmart on Salem Road told the responding Newton County Sheriff’s Office deputy that he saw Danny Dean Fitts shoplifting a number of items, including groceries and movies.

After the suspect walked past the registers, the loss prevention officer attempted to stop him from leaving the store, said NCSO Deputy Cortney Morrison.

“Mr. Fitts pushed the complainant in an attempt to leave the store and in the altercation, the complainant’s watch was broken,” she said.

Deputies were called to the store and when they searched Fitts, they found him in possession of a Lortab tablet.

Fitts, 57, of 32 Pine St. in Porterdale, was arrested and charged with shoplifting, drugs to be kept in their original container, criminal trespass and simple battery.

In other news, a Butts County man was arrested after allegedly shoplifting about $22 worth of merchandise from Dollar General.

Officers with the Covington Police Department were called to the Dollar General located on U.S. Highway 278 Tuesday afternoon in reference to a shoplifting in progress. By the time they arrived, the suspect had fled the store and police saw him running toward Fowler Street. Two officers chased the man, later identified as Kenneth William Cavender, 28, of 182 Whitehead Way, Flovilla, and caught him behind the apartments on Fowler Street.

The Dollar General employee told officers that when confronted, the man claimed he returned the items he had taken.

“(The employee) then stated that she went to check another camera view and that is when Mr. Cavender ran from the store,” the report states.