Faux city em­ployee in­vades area homes

87-year-old wo­man tar­geted in crime

The Covington News - - Front page - By Tyler Smith

In two mys­te­ri­ous cases of home in­va­sion, a man re­port­edly forced his way into two homes Tues­day while pos­ing as a city worker.

New­ton County Sher­iff ’s Lt. Mark Mitchell said the vic­tims of both crimes de­scribed the same sus­pect.

“ Peo­ple should be aware,” Mitchell said. “ Even if they look like they work for the city, make sure you are aware of your sur­round­ings and what they are do­ing. Take all forms of pre­cau­tion. If they force their way into your home, call 911.”

The first vic­tim, an 87year- old wo­man, re­port­edly heard a truck pull into her d r ive­way on Bryant Street at ap­prox­i­mately 10: 30 a. m. Be­liev­ing the driver was her grand­son com­ing to bring her medicine, she re­port­edly opened the door to find a white male dressed in plain clothes.

The man re­port­edly told the vic­tim there had been an ac­ci­dent just up the road and that he needed to check her wa­ter for a gas leak. He then re­port­edly pushed his way inside the vic­tim’s house and asked where her sink was lo­cated.

At this point, the vic­tim be­came sus­pi­cious be­cause the man kept in­sist­ing she needed to stand at the sink while the wa­ter was run­ning to smell it and to watch if it turned black

Af­ter a few mo­ments, the vic­tim left the sink and went look­ing for the man. She found him out­side en­ter­ing into a newer model gray truck. She could not see the tag num­ber, but she was able to tell the NCSO deputy that the truck headed north on Bryant Street.

She de­scribed the sus­pect as be­ing dressed neatly wear­ing dark pants and a ra­dio on his belt. A quick in­ven­tory of the house re­vealed noth­ing miss­ing.

Mitchell said a fi­nal re­port on the sec­ond vic­tim is ex­pected to be filed to­day. The vic­tim in the sec­ond home in­va­sion re­ported the man may have stolen a few items, Mitchell said.

Any­one with fur­ther in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing case is asked to call the New­ton County Sher­iff’s Of­fice at (678) 6251403.

Tips may also be given anony­mously at (678) 625-5007 or on their Web site www.new­ton­sh­er­if­fga.org.

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