Road block leads to po­lice pur­suit

Search of ve­hi­cle re­port­edly yields crack co­caine

The Covington News - - Crime & Courts - By Michelle Kim

A New­ton County Sher­iff’s Deputy dis­cov­ered 13 small bags of crack co­caine when a driver fled a road block on Feb. 23.

NCSO Deputy An­thony Wash­ing­ton had set up his pa­trol car in front of a downed tree on Lee Street in Cov­ing­ton to pre­vent ac­ci­dents. A white Dodge van with tinted win­dows driven by a black male turned onto the street. The driver made eye con­tact with Wash­ing­ton, then, sud­denly re­versed his ve­hi­cle, en­dan­ger­ing other cars and driv­ers.

The van was pur­sued along Dixie Road un­til it pulled into the back­yard of 2506 Dixie Road, where the driver jumped out and es­caped on foot in an un­seen di­rec­tion.

The van, which turned out to be stolen from DeKalb County, was towed. It im­pounded, con­tained 13 crack co­caine bag­gies and a bag­gie of mar­i­juana.

Pizza driver miss­ing

A Papa John’s de­liv­ery driver dis­cov­ered she was miss­ing $130 on Feb. 22, ac­cord­ing to the Cov­ing­ton Po­lice De­part­ment Pub­lic In­for­ma­tion Log.

She had gone into the Papa John’s on U.S. High­way 278 for five min­utes to pick up her next de­liv­ery or­der, leav­ing her truck door un­locked and purse out of sight. She didn’t dis­cover the miss­ing money un­til she had made the de­liv­ery. She called the store, which alerted po­lice.

A co-worker who had been in the park­ing lot at the time told her he had seen two black males walk­ing near the build­ing at the time.

How­ever, when ques­tioned sep­a­rately by po­lice, he im­me­di­ately claimed he had noth­ing to do with the money and was un­able to give a de­scrip­tion of the two men. The de­liv­ery per­son told po­lice she sus­pected this co-worker had taken the money.

A search of the co-worker’s per­son and locker yielded noth­ing.

Smile for the cam­era

A Ra­dio Shack em­ployee who was sus­pected of hav­ing his hands in the till was foiled when he was al­legedly caught on video pock­et­ing ex­tra cash.

Man­ager Charles Har­ris re­ported to Cov­ing­ton Po­lice that money had gone miss­ing sev­eral times when em­ployee John Phillips, 38, of Cov­ing­ton had been at work. On Feb. 22, Har­ris put an ex­tra $42 in the cash reg­is­ter and set up a video cam­era to see what Phillips would do.

On the video, Phillips was seen tak­ing $40 out of the reg­is­ter af­ter the store closed, putting it on the counter and then in his pocket.

When he was later ques­tioned by a loss pre­ven­tion man­ager, Phillips ad­mit­ted to tak­ing the money but said he had in­tended to pay the money back.

He was ar­rested and taken to the New­ton County De­ten­tion Cen­ter.

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