El­derly wo­man robbed in latest home in­va­sion

Sec­ond case of rob­ber pos­ing as util­i­ties worker

The Covington News - - Local News - By Michelle Kim

In a sec­ond case of home in­va­sion in­volv­ing a man pos­ing as a util­i­ties worker, an el­derly vic­tim was robbed of $2,000, ac­cord­ing to a re­cently re­leased in­ci­dent re­port from the New­ton County Sher­riff’s Of­fice.

“I’m pretty shook up,” said the vic­tim. “It’s bad when you can’t go to your own door.”

The 84-year-old vic­tim said she was pre­par­ing to go into town to the gro­cery store and to pay some bills shortly be­fore noon on Feb. 5, when she heard a knock on her front door.

At first, she thought it might be the per­son giv­ing her a ride, even though they usu­ally came through the side door, said the vic­tim.

In­stead, there was a mid­dle-aged, clean-cut white male with a blue jacket and blue jeans who said he was from the gas com­pany.

Ac­cord­ing to the NCSO re­port, he told the vic­tim there was a bro­ken main up the street and en­tered the house with­out her per­mis­sion.

The vic­tim said she was told to stand in the bath­room and turn on the wa­ter while he went to the kitchen.

“I wasn’t in there but two or three min­utes,” she said. “But you feel some­thing’s not right.”

When she came out, she saw the man leav­ing with her purse and drive away un­ac­com­pa­nied in a grey Chevro­let Sil­ver­ado.

The purse con­tained $2,000, her li­cense, so­cial se­cu­rity card, and check­book, ac­cord­ing to the re­port.

“It was all I had. It’s all gone,” she said.

When Deputy Matt Roberts ar­rived on the scene, he saw a car and driver sim­i­lar to the de­scrip­tion given by the vic­tim. He in­formed an­other deputy who stopped the driver and took his in­for­ma­tion be­fore re­leas­ing him, ac­cord­ing to the re­port.

An in­ci­dent re­ported ear­lier also oc­curred Tues­day, Feb. 5. A white male dressed in plain clothes came into the home of an 87-year-old New­ton County res­i­dent say­ing he needed to check the wa­ter for a gas leak be­cause of an ac­ci­dent just up the road and told the vic­tim to stand at the sink. She saw the man leave in a newer model grey truck. Noth­ing was taken from the house.

The NCSO is still in­ves­ti­gat­ing the cases but be­lieves the two are con­nected, said Lt. Mark Mitchell.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion about the two cases can con­tact the New­ton County Sher­riff’s Of­fice at (678) 625-1403. Tips can be left anony­mously at (678) 625-5007 or on­line at www.new­ton­sh­er­rif­fga.org

Sim­i­lar case

Out­side of New­ton County, an­other home in­va­sion of an el­derly res­i­dent oc­curred on Satur­day af­ter­noon in Grayson.

Ac­cord­ing to the Gwin­nett County Po­lice De­part­ment, two white males in their early 20s and 30s came into the home of an 85-year-old wo­man say­ing they were private con­trac­tors who had ac­ci­den­tally dug into a wa­ter line and needed to test her wa­ter. They left af­ter a few min­utes, but a sev­eral hours later, the vic­tim no­ticed her purse was miss­ing and her phone line had been cut.

Any­one with fur­ther in­for­ma­tion about this case can con­tact the Gwin­nett County Po­lice De­part­ment at 770-5135100.

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