Gun theft a problem for Newton County
Handgun stolen from area residence
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.