On the Beat: Heartburn and hunger cited in shoplifting

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 Senior Staff Reporter Aimee Jones, who can be reached at aimee.jones@rockdalecitizen.com.

COVINGTON — An upset stomach and some hungry pets apparently prompted one woman to try to steal from a Covington Walmart.

The loss prevention officer at the store contacted the Covington Police Department to report that he saw the woman place a large bag of dog food inside a shopping cart and some smaller items, including Zantac, Pepto Bismol and fish food, inside her purse. The loss prevention officer stopped her after she walked past all the registers without paying for her merchandise and asked her to step into the loss prevention office.

The CPD officer then arrived and questioned the suspect, who told the officer that she took the items “because she was sick and needed medicine,” the incident report states. The CPD officer then asked why she took the dog food, and she said “her dog did not have any food left.”

The woman was arrested and charged with theft by shoplifting.

• Hot date?

A man and his wife reported to the Covington Police Department that their residence had been burglarized while they were out one afternoon. According to the incident report, the couple made sure all their doors and windows were locked before leaving. When they arrived home some time later, they discovered their 55-inch television was stolen from their bedroom; their 26-inch television and queen bed — including the mattress, box spring and rails — were taken from the guest apartment; and a movie prop sign from the movie, “In the Heat of the Night,” was taken from above the fireplace mantle.

• Pearly whites

A Newton County woman contacted the Newton County Sheriff’s Office to report someone had opened the outer box of a package delivered to her door by the U.S. Postal Service and taken the smaller box inside that contained 84 Crest whitening strips.

• How else would she know?

A Newborn resident called the NCSO and said someone claiming to be her neighbor was harassing her by telephone. The victim told deputies that she received a phone call around 11 a.m. and the male caller was screaming at her telling her to “quit getting my newspaper or I’ll come over there and kick your a—.” The woman said she asked the caller who it was and he stated, “You know who this is; it’s your neighbor,” the incident report states. The victim told deputies that none of her neighbors had the name that registered on the caller ID.

• Share the road

A woman told Newton County deputies that she was struck by a truck as she was walking against the flow of traffic in the Eastwood subdivision. The driver then rolled down the window, cussed at her, hand-gestured shooting a bird and left the scene.

• Sucker punch

A man called the Covington Police Department to report that as he was walking along City Pond Road one afternoon, a small green car pulled up beside him. The passenger jumped out and hit him about the face and stomach area, and kept saying to him, “you snitch, you snitch,” the incident report states. The victim told police he didn’t see the man’s face and did not know who struck him.