Covington man charged in Georgia Forestry Commission building break-in

COVINGTON — A Covington man has been arrested and charged with trespassing on the property of the Georgia Forestry Commission with a shotgun.

According to Newton County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Jeff Alexander, an employee reported that a man was “hunting” on the property located at 2707 Access Road and that the suspect had broken a window to get inside a building and stolen some gas.

“The suspect did admit that he went inside the building, but he denied breaking any glass to get in,” Alexander said. “He said that he went in the building to get gas because his vehicle would not start.”

Alexander said the man did have a shotgun with him, which had been reported stolen.

Responding deputies also found a bag inside the building that contained a marijuana grinder and some suspected marijuana in a small metal smoking device.

Bryan Richard Hegwood, 43, of 1595 McDonald Road, was arrested and charged with burglary, possession of a firearm or knife during a crime and criminal interference with government property.