Residents in western cars, homes burglarized
The west end of Newton County has been plagued with a rash of burglaries, and homeowners on Ga. Highway 212 are offering a reward to help put a stop to the problem.
Brothers Hank and Mark Burney live next door to one another and on the evening of Oct. 9 both had their trucks burglarized while they sat in front of their homes. The driver-side doors that were the point of entry faced the highway.
Both trucks were Ford models and had property of a combined value of roughly $3,150 stolen from inside the vehicles, including a GPS system, a digital camera, a laptop and several other electronic devices. According to Burney a neighbor that lives approximately half a mile down the street also had his truck broken into on Monday night and the thieves stole several hundred dollars worth of tools from his vehicle.
According to Newton County Sheriff’s Investigator Jason Griffin, burglaries this time of year are statistically very common with the holiday season fast approaching, but with the economy being less than stellar right now, law enforcement officials have noticed an increase in thefts around the county.
Newton County resident Mark Burney points out damage caused to his Ford F-250 when the vehicle was broken into during the early hours of Oct. 10. A $500 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible.