Res­i­dents in west­ern cars, homes bur­glar­ized

The Covington News - - Front page - By Am­ber Pittman apittman@cov­

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.

Mandi Singer/The Cov­ing­ton News

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.

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