Gun theft a prob­lem for New­ton County

Hand­gun stolen from area res­i­dence

The Covington News - - Crime & Courts -

New­ton County Sher­iff’s Of­fice Deputy Ken­neth Kent re­sponded Tues­day to a bur­glary alarm at a res­i­dence on Crooked Creek Way.

Dis­patch ad­vised Kent that the home owner was on lo­ca­tion and had found the rear up­per door opened and that the rear win­dow screen had been re­moved.

Kent made con­tact with the theft vic­tim and the pair checked around the house to find what had been taken. The vic­tim found that a lap­top and a .357 hand­gun had been stolen.

NCSO Lt. Bill Wat­ter­son said the gun was en­tered into the Ge­or­gia Crim­i­nal In­for­ma­tion Cen­ter.

“ If a deputy comes across that gun, it will show up stolen,” Wat­ter­son said.

Gun theft is a fre­quent oc­cur­rence in New­ton County, Wat­ter­son said. Guns are easy to sell and can bring a lot back in re­turn.

Wat­ter­son ad­vises gun own­ers to write down the se­rial num­ber of ev­ery gun they own so that if weapon is stolen, po­lice will have an eas­ier time re­cov­er­ing it. Tak­ing pic­tures of the weapon can also aid law en­force­ment of­fi­cials.

If a per­son has a gun in their car, Wat­ter­son said it should be locked in ei­ther the trunk or the glove box. He said leav­ing a hand gun in plain sight is dan­ger­ous be­cause a crim­i­nal can easi- ly en­ter the ve­hi­cle and grab the weapon with­out any­one ever see­ing.

Guns lo­cated in homes should also be se­cured, es­pe­cially if chil­dren are around, Wat­ter­son said.

Knife in school

New­ton County Sher­iff’s Of­fice Deputy Justin Hipps was on pa­trol at Al­covy High School when a stu­dent re­ported to him that an­other stu­dent was car­ry­ing a knife.

NCSO Lt. Bill Wat­ter­son said Hipps in­ves­ti­gated the stu­dent’s claim and found that an­other ju­ve­nile did in fact have a knife.

The 14- year- old boy re­port­edly had threat­ened some other stu­dents with an eight- inch pocket knife.

Wat­ter­son said stu­dents do not of­ten get caught with weapons on school grounds and when it did hap­pen, younger chil­dren were most of­ten the cul­prit.

“ We have seen it oc­cur in the younger schools be­cause the chil­dren do not rec­og­nize the dan­ger it presents,” Wat­ter­son said.

Stu­dents in mid­dle and high school are warned early in the year by teach­ers of the peril of bring­ing a weapon to school. Younger chil­dren do not al­ways re­ceive the same speech and thus do not re­al­ize their mis­take.

The boy’s case will be han­dled by the ju­ve­nile court and, Wat­ter­son said, the stu­dent will also have a hear­ing with the school to de­ter­mine what aca­demic ac­tions will oc­cur.

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