Win­dows smashed at community cen­ter

The Covington News - - Crime - DANIELLE EVER­SON deverson@cov­news.com

A county em­ployee told po­lice that some­one shat­tered the win­dows at a community cen­ter. A Cov­ing­ton po­lice of­fi­cer re­sponded to the Mag­no­lia Heights Community Cen­ter on Thurs­day around noon in ref­er­ence to dam­age done to three win­dows. The of­fi­cer met with a county em­ployee who said be­tween Sept. 23 and 27 an un­known per­son broke three-dou­ble pane win­dows lo­cated at the rear of the build­ing. Po­lice said only the out­side lay­ers of the win­dows were bro­ken. No en­try was made into the build­ing. The es­ti­mated re­place­ment cost for each win­dow was $333.25. No other in­for­ma­tion was avail­able at the time of the re­port. son came on to the prop­erty and si­phoned the gas from one of the U-Haul Trucks. There were no fur­ther de­tails given about the in­ci­dent. The deputy es­ti­mated that the value of gas stolen was about $90. who said Dan­toine Dukes came to her house and started to ar­gue with her. She said she left her res­i­dence and went to­ward the cul-de­sac and that’s when Dukes re­port­edly pushed her down and took her phone. Dukes then threw the woman’s phone and left run­ning. Po­lice were un­able to lo­cate Dukes, who po­lice said al­ready had out­stand­ing war­rants for his ar­rest. Po­lice re­cov­ered the woman’s cell phone, which was bro­ken. Thurs­day morn­ing. A po­lice of­fi­cer with the Cov­ing­ton Po­lice Depart­ment was dis­patched to the Ge­or­gia DOT yard at Hazel­brand Road in re­sponse to a bur­glary around 6 a.m. The of­fi­cer met with a GDOT em­ployee who said when he ar­rived just be­fore 6 a.m. for work, he ob­served the gate and garage door to the equip­ment build­ing open. The em­ployee looked at the chain on the gate and he saw it had been cut. The em­ployee said he left at 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 26 and he locked the gate and build­ing up. The em­ployee also dis­cov­ered that the medal grate over the bath- room win­dow had been opened and he be­lieved that was how en­try was gained into the build­ing.

At the time of the re­port, the em­ployee said DOT was miss­ing two Stihl weed eaters worth $300 each, one Stihl pole saw worth $600 and one Stihl back­pack blower worth $600. Po­lice found a pair of blue han­dled pli­ers and red han­dled wire cut­ters were found lay­ing out­side the garage door. The tools po­lice found did not be­long to DOT and they were then placed into ev­i­dence. The em­ployee con­tacted a Ge­or­gia DOT In­ves­ti­ga­tor to re­port the bur­glary.

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