Ev­ery­thing, and the kitchen sink

Items stolen from house on Ga. High­way 11

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

Rickey Hutchins, 46, and Tonya Bun­drant, 45, both of Snel­lville, were ar­rested March 25 af­ter New­ton County Sher­riff’s Deputies dis­cov­ered them tak­ing house­hold fix­tures and cop­per wire out of a va­cant house on Ga. High­way 11, ac­cord­ing to an NCSO in­ci­dent re­port.

Bun­drant, who was pulling cop­per wire from a cable wire, told Deputy James Stevens that her friend, Hutchins, said the house was be­ing de­mol­ished and that they were get­ting some items to scrap.

Hutchins was found in the house hold­ing a large bun­dle of wire.

A truck loaded with a ceil­ing fan, kitchen sink, light fix­tures, and cop­per wire was in the drive­way.

A realtor at Sun­belco Re­alty, which owned the house, said no one had been given per­mis­sion to col­lect items from the prop­erty.

The truck was towed and two dogs inside the truck were turned over to the New­ton County An­i­mal Shel­ter.

Meat nab­ber

A Cov­ing­ton man was ar­rest- ed and charged with theft by shoplift­ing af­ter he at­tempted to take more than $160 worth of meat from the In­gles su­per­mar­ket on Turner Lake Road and U.S. High­way 278 on the evening of March 20, ac­cord­ing to the Cov­ing­ton Po­lice De­part­ment pub­lic in­for­ma­tion log.

Tommy War­ren, 36, dropped a shop­ping bas­ket full of Tbone steaks, spare ribs, pork chops, lamb and ten­der­loin while flee­ing to the park­ing lot when wit­nesses saw him try to leave the store with­out pay­ing.

War­ren, who re­port­edly yelled that “he was just try­ing to sur­vive,” tried to hide be­hind a truck and then en­tered the Five O’Clock Some­where bar.

When Cov­ing­ton Po­lice Of­fi­cer Mitch Ni­chol­son ar­rived at the scene, he found War­ren in the bar. War­ren ran into the bath­room upon see­ing the of­fi­cer and was ar­rested af­ter re­sist­ing and try­ing to get away.

There were also three sir­loin steaks found in the back of War­ren’s car, val­ued at $23.30.

Un­happy camper

A Cov­ing­ton wo­man was ar­rested af­ter al­legedly driv­ing a 33-foot camper into a ditch on Ga. High­way 36 and Ga. High­way 212 around 10 p.m. on March 7, block­ing the road, ac­cord­ing to a New­ton County Sher­iff’s Of­fice in­ci­dent re­port.

Lav­erna Mathis, 41, who was re­port­edly un­able to stand with­out sway­ing and gave off a strong odor of al­co­hol, orig­i­nally told deputies that an­other man had been driv­ing and ran off with the keys.

Deputies ar­rested Mathis af­ter find­ing a bag­gie of mar­i­juana and a green bong with residue in the camper.

Mathis then said she had tried to drive the camper out of the ditch, but when a deputy asked her how she had done that if the man had run off with the keys, she ad­mit­ted she had crashed the camper but didn’t want her hus­band to know.

Mathis’ sis­ter ar­rived and said Mathis, who re­fused a blood al­co­hol test, had been drink­ing all day and took the camper.

Mathis was taken to the New­ton County De­ten­tion Cen­ter and the camper was towed and re­leased to her hus­band.

Taboo ta­too

A Cony­ers mother brought her daugh­ter to the New­ton County Sher­iff’s Of­fice March 11 af­ter dis­cov­er­ing the 16year-old had a tat­too on her hip.

The teen re­port­edly re­ceived the tat­too, a star with the name of “Joe,” from an­other 16-yearold friend at the friend’s home in Cov­ing­ton.

An in­ves­ti­ga­tor pho­tographed the tat­too and in­ter­viewed the ju­ve­nile.

Un­der Ge­or­gia state statutes, it’s a mis­de­meanor to tat­too any­one un­der the age of 18.

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