COVINGTON — A Newton County Sheriff’s Office deputy came across an abandoned vehicle last week that appears to have been intentionally set on fire and is believed to be a car stolen in an armed robbery in Fulton County.
While on patrol Wednesday evening, the deputy noticed a silver Kia that had been parked for several hours on the side of Stewart Road, located near Ga. Highway 36 in southern Newton County.
The deputy checked the vehicle and noticed the doors were unlocked and it appeared there was fire damage on the front seat, said NCSO Deputy Cortney Morrison.
At the time, dispatch told the deputy that the car was not reported stolen; however, they could not find an owner.
About two hours later, the deputy drove back to the area and saw the Kia was still there.
“The deputy checked the car again, but this time he found a bottle of lighter fluid that had been partially melted in the center console and the car also appeared to have more fire damage,” Morrison said.
Morrison said the Newton County Fire Department and an arson investigator were notified. The car is being stored at a local towing company.
When dispatch ran the license tag a second time, it was reported as being stolen on Sept. 20 during an armed robbery in Fulton County.
According to the Fulton County report of the armed robbery, a Sharpsburg man was leaving church in Fairburn around 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 20, when he noticed a suspicious-looking black male standing near his car, the silver Kia. The victim told Fulton County police that the suspect approached him, holding a black revolver. The suspect allegedly put the gun in the victim’s face and threw him to the ground. The suspect then stole the man’s cell phone, car keys and drove away with the Kia.