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Man hides stolen cash in his body

COVINGTON — After allegedly stealing money from a friend, a Covington man’s conscience apparently got the better of him and he turned over to police the money he had wrapped in a condom and hidden in his buttocks.

Sometime around 10 p.m. Wednesday, Charles Pickett, 24, of 15946 Ga. Highway 36, waited inside the car with another woman while their friend went inside a gas station on Washington Street. When the friend came back to the car, she noticed the $340 she had cashed from her son’s disability check earlier in the day was missing.

When Covington Police Department Officer Christopher Usiak arrived, he asked Pickett and the other passenger if they saw anyone around the vehicle and they both stated, “No,” according to the incident report.

The officer then asked to search the two, at which time he found 10 clonazepam pills in Pickett’s front pocket and a rolled up condom wrapper.

Officer Usiak placed Pickett under arrest and asked him if he knew anything about the missing money. Again, Pickett said, “No,” the report states.

“While Pickett was in the back seat of the patrol car, Pickett, on his own free will, stated that he took the money and it was rolled in a Trojan condom that was between his butt cheeks,” Usiak reported.

Pickett retrieved the money and turned it over to the officer, who asked the victim to count the money to make sure it was all there. The victim said there was $270, but $70 was still missing.

“Pickett also stated that he felt bad for taking the money from (the victim) since she had four kids at home and one was disabled,” the report states.

Pickett was charged with possession of a controlled substance, failure to keep drugs in their original container and theft by taking.