Ju­ve­niles charged in hospi­tal break-in

Sus­pects caught af­ter they set off fire alarm

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - By Tyler Smith

Three ju­ve­niles were ar­rested Tues­day at New­ton Med­i­cal Cen­ter af­ter al­legedly steal­ing med­i­cal sup­plies from the build­ing’s un­opened fourth floor.

The newly con­structed fourth floor is fur­nished and op­er­a­tional but has yet to be opened to the pub­lic. The ju­ve­niles en­tered the area at ap­prox­i­mately 3 p. m. and re­port­edly pro­ceeded to steal sev­eral nonessen­tial med­i­cal sup­plies. While on the floor, the ju­ve­niles also dis­charged three fire ex­tin­guish­ers which con­tained a chem­i­cal com­po­nent that set off a fire alarm and alerted the Cov­ing­ton Fire De­part­ment of the pos­si­ble fire.

New­ton Med­i­cal Cen­ter se­cu­rity of­fi­cers ob­served the three ju­ve­niles run­ning from the fourth floor but were only able to ap­pre­hend the two old­est teens once they reached the first floor. Once in cus­tody, the two ju­ve­niles re­port­edly said they were lost and needed to find their younger brother who was on the third floor. Se­cu­rity of­fi­cers were then able to de­tain the third sus­pect on a dif­fer­ent floor.

Cov­ing­ton Po­lice of­fi­cers and fire­fight­ers ar­rived on the scene in re­sponse to the tripped fire alarm and se­cu­rity of­fi­cers turned the ju­ve­niles over to be taken to the Cov­ing­ton Po­lice De­part­ment.

The young­sters were in­ter­viewed by New­ton County Ju­ve­nile Jus­tice and then trans­ported to the ju­ve­nile de­ten­tion cen­ter in San­der­sville.

The three sus­pects were charged with in­ter­fer­ence with gov­ern­ment prop­erty, theft by tak­ing, crim­i­nal dam­age to prop­erty and false pub­lic alarm.

At the time of the CPD in­ci­dent re­port, the amount of dam­age the sus­pects caused was un­known.

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