Three ar­rested for try­ing to steal from parked cars

Men were al­legedly try­ing to steal tires

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - By Tyler Smith

Three men were ar­rested Tues­day when they at­tempted to steal parts of a car on the side of the street on Field­stone Lane.

New­ton County Sher­iff’s Deputy Brad Verzin­skie was dis­patched to a call of en­ter­ing auto in progress. Dis­patch ad­vised the com­plainant could see three males stand­ing around a sil­ver ve­hi­cle, which had been jacked up so they could re­move the tires.

Verzin­skie, along with deputies Chad Hunt and Charles Day, found a male in front of a green Ford Es­cort parked next to a sil­ver Pontiac Grand Prix.

Two other males were sit­ting inside the Es­cort.

When asked what they were do­ing, the of­fend­ers, Harold Brown­lee, 18; Pre­ston Criswell, 17; and Craig Nor­ton, 17; re­port­edly said, “Noth­ing.”

The three sus­pects were taken into cus­tody and the owner of the Grand Prix was no­ti­fied. Hunt then lo­cated a hack saw un­der the Es­cort. Nor­ton re­port­edly said they were us­ing the hack saw to cut off the car’s cat­alytic con­verter.

A half full bot­tle of Pa­tron tequila was also found inside the of­fend­ers’ car.

The three males were charged with pos­ses­sion of tools for a crime, crim­i­nal dam­age to prop­erty, theft by tak­ing and pos­ses­sion of al­co­hol by a mi­nor. They were later taken to New­ton County De­ten­tion Cen­ter.

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