COVINGTON — Two teenagers were arrested after Newton County Sheriff’s Office deputies reportedly caught them in the act of burglarizing a neighbor’s home.
Deputies received an anonymous tip Thursday afternoon that two males were seen in the rear of a neighbor’s residence on Syracuse Lane in the Princeton Woods subdivision.
“The responding deputy walked toward the rear of the residence at which time he observed a black male inside the residence,” said Sgt. Cortney Morrison. “The male was holding a bag and dropped it when he saw the deputy. The suspect turned around and began running towards the front of the residence.”
The deputy then ran to the front of the home, where he observed a male running away from the front yard.
“The deputy gave repeated verbal commands to stop, however the male continued to run,” Morrison said.
A perimeter was set up immediately and one of the suspects, 17-year-old Quentin Treadwell, who lives at 70 Syracuse Lane, was arrested without incident not far from the scene, according to a press release from the Sheriff’s Office.
The NCSO Criminal Investigation Division was on scene to assist with the perimeter and the Crime Scene Unit was also called to the scene to collect evidence. They discovered there was damage to the back door, indicating forced entry. Investigators also recovered all of the victim’s items except for one handgun, Morrison said.
Investigators later identified the second male involved in the burglary as William Winston, 19, who is reportedly homeless. As a result of a tip, investigators were able to locate Winston and arrested him without incident, Morrison said.
Treadwell was charged with burglary, criminal interference with government property, criminal damage to property and obstruction of officers.
Winston was charged with burglary, criminal damage to property and obstruction of officers.
“This incident is a wonderful example of the community working together with law enforcement to fight crime in the community,” Morrison said. “This tip came from a concerned, quick-thinking, watchful neighbor and we ended up catching two criminals that were burglarizing a fellow neighbor’s home. The Newton County Sheriff’s Office wants to encourage concerned, watchful neighbors to call and report any suspicious activity.”