Ram­sey’s ran­sacked of cash, meat

The Covington News - - CRIME - AM­BER PITTMAN apittman@cov­news.com

Po­lice are search­ing for those re­spon­si­ble for the theft of cash, a cash reg­is­ter and smoked meats from Ram­sey’s Pro­duce Stand ei­ther late Fri­day or early Satur­day morn­ing.

The owner of the store found the side door pried open when he ar­rived Satur­day morn­ing to open the store. The cash reg­is­ter was miss­ing (val­ued at $150), along with roughly $80 that had been in­side of the reg­is­ter, and about $45 worth of pack­ages of hams and sea­soned meats.

Of­fi­cers searched a known aban­doned res­i­dence and found both the top and bot­tom pieces of the cash reg­is­ter tossed into a creek near the aban­doned home. Part of the reg­is­ter had a bloody thumb print on it and a piece of re­ceipt tape had a “siz­able” amount of blood on it, which of­fi­cers were able to col­lect.

Any­one with in­forma- tion is asked to con­tact the Cov­ing­ton Po­lice De­part­ment at (770) 786-7605 or on­line at cov­ing­ton­po­lice.com. All tips can be given anony­mously.

Mother/daugh­ter can’t go to Cato

A mother and daugh­ter were ar­rested Satur­day af­ter­noon af­ter one was caught re­port­edly shoplift­ing and the other cov­ered up for her.

Of­fi­cers were called to Cato where an em­ployee gave them a de­scrip­tion of a woman who had just re­port­edly stolen some jew­elry from the store. Of­fi­cers were able to find and stop the car and speak with the driver, later iden­ti­fied as Jill Lynn Daven­port and her mother Joyce Faye Stephens. Daven­port, whose li­cense came back sus­pended, re­port­edly ad­mit­ted to be­ing in the store but de­nied tak­ing any­thing, while Stephens de­nied hav­ing been in­side the store for more than a moment.

Daven­port al­lowed of­fi­cers to search her purse. They didn’t find miss­ing jew­elry, but they did re­port­edly find a plas­tic straw and white pow­der in­side of it that Daven­port said was crushed Colon­pin, a mus­cle re­laxer that she crushed and snorted to re­lax.

While she didn’t have a pre­scrip­tion for it, her mother did and re­port­edly ad­mit­ting to giv­ing the pills to her daugh­ter so she could re­lax. How­ever, Daven­port later told po­lice she had pur­chased the pills from a man off the street, ac­cord­ing to re­ports.

In­side Stephens’ purse, the of­fi­cers al­legedly found the miss­ing jew­elry from Cato. Stephens said that she had put them in her purse be­cause she was try­ing to pro­tect her daugh­ter.

Stephens was ar­rested and charged with theft by re­ceiv­ing and ob­struc­tion and Daven­port was charged with theft by shoplift­ing, pos­ses­sion and driv­ing on a sus­pended li­cense. Both were also given a crim­i­nal tres­pass warn­ing by Cato.

Park­ing lot bar

A fen­der ben­der Thurs­day evening led to the ar­rest of Ron­ald Ames for DUI, leav­ing the scene of an ac­ci­dent and a red light vi­o­la­tion.

Po­lice were called by two oth­ers in­volved in the car ac­ci­dent who said the ve­hi­cle be­ing driven by Ames had left the scene, and one of the other cars struck had fol­lowed him to an ad­dress, where he re­port­edly ex­ited his car and went in­side. Of­fi­cers from the Cov­ing­ton Po­lice De­part­ment con­verged on the ad­dress and met with Ames who al­legedly ad­mit­ted the car out­side was his and that he had just been in­volved in an ac­ci­dent. When asked by of­fi­cers why he left the scene of the ac­ci­dent, he re­port­edly said, “I just wanted to get home.”

Of­fi­cers noted that Ames had liq­uid stains all over his shirt and pants, was sweat­ing, ap­peared ag­i­tated and smelled of al­co­hol. When asked how much he had to drink, he ini­tially said three beers, then changed that to a bot­tle of wine, ac­cord­ing to re­ports. When the of­fi­cer asked Ames where he drank the wine, he al­legedly said he pur­chased it at Kroger and drank it in the park­ing lot.

Af­ter fail­ing so­bri­ety tests, Ames was ar­rested and trans­ferred to the New­ton County De­ten­tion Cen­ter. A breath test showed Ames blood al­co­hol level was .121. The le­gal limit in Ge­or­gia is .08.

Cov­ing­ton grinches steal pack­ages

Two Cov­ing­ton men were ar­rested Fri­day af­ter re­port­edly steal­ing pack­ages from the front porch of two res­i­dences, re­cently de­liv­ered by UPS.

Ac­cord­ing to neigh­bors, the two men, later iden­ti­fied as 25-year-old Del­roy S. Cun­ning­ham and 24-year-old Mar­quis Nasheen Har­ri­son, walked up to the homes were mo­ments be­fore UPS dropped off pack­ages, and took the pack­ages, putting them in their ve­hi­cle.

When of­fi­cers found the ve­hi­cle, they watched as Cun­ning­ham re­port­edly ex­ited the car and threw two brown pack­ages into a dump­ster at Cov­ing­ton Med­i­cal Cen­ter. When of­fi­cers ap­proached the car, they found not only Cun­ning­ham and Har­ri­son, but also Joshua Carter and an in­fant in the car as well.

When they searched the ve­hi­cle, of­fi­cers found a new shirt and sweater and a cell phone — both of which the res­i­dents re­ported as the items in the UPS boxes. The boxes, re­trieved from the dump­ster, had the ad­dresses on them where neigh­bors re­ported the boxes were taken from.

The child was turned over to a fam­ily mem­ber and all three men were ar­rested for theft by tak­ing and tres­pass­ing.

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