Bur­glars hit homes in same neigh­bor­hood

The Covington News - - Local news - By Tisa Smart Wash­ing­ton

Deputies with the New­ton County Sher­iff’s Of­fice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing two bur­glar­ies on Myr­tle Grove Lane in Cov­ing­ton. Bur­glars hit the homes in the same neigh­bor­hood Dec. 11 and Dec. 16, mak­ing off with more than $13,000 worth of prop­erty.

Ac­cord­ing to the Dec. 11 in­ci­dent re­port, bur­glars stole more than $4,500 worth of jew­elry and of­fice equip­ment. The vic­tim re­ported miss­ing 17 pieces of jew­elry in­clud­ing sev­eral rings, neck­laces and bracelets, and a fire proof safe.

Deputies were called out again to the neigh­bor­hood Dec. 16 to in­ves­ti­gate an­other break-in about eight houses away from the home that was bur­glar­ized Dec. 11. The vic- tim re­ported miss­ing $3,550 worth of jew­elry; two dig­i­tal cam­eras, two video game sys­tems and games, two lap­tops, a cam­corder, and a DVD player, all val­ued at $5,350; and a Swiss watch and knife val­ued at $70.

There are no wit­nesses in the case.

Shoplifter nabbed at Wal-Mart

Of­fi­cers with the Cov­ing­ton Po­lice Depart­ment ar­rested Odilon Gar­cia Dec. 20 for steal­ing $31.97 worth of CDs from the Wal-Mart on In­dus­trial Boule­vard.

Ac­cord­ing to the in­ci­dent re­port, Wal-Mart’s se­cu­rity per­son­nel said he was alerted by the cus­tomer ser­vice man­ager and the as­sis­tant man­ager that Gar­cia was try­ing to con­ceal items while he was looking at cam­eras. When he tried to exit the store, the alarm went off. Three CDs were found in his pocket.

Gar­cia was ar­rested and charged with mis­de­meanor shoplift­ing.

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