Scrappy se­nior cit­i­zen prompts call to po­lice

The Covington News - - CRIME - AM­BER PITTMAN apittman@cov­

Po­lice were called to the Cov­ing­ton High Rise Mon­day af­ter­noon af­ter an ar­gu­ment be­tween two of its se­nior res­i­dents threat­ened to turn phys­i­cal.

When of­fi­cers ar­rived, they spoke with a fe­male res­i­dent of the High Rise, who re­port­edly told them she was in the of­fice speak­ing with the man­ager when a male ten­ant walked into the of­fice and said, “I’m in here to de­fend my­self. I have the right to de­fend my­self.”

The woman al­legedly told of­fi­cers that the man had started walk­ing closer to her as he was say­ing that, and was swing­ing his arms in an ag­gres­sive man­ner, with his hands in a fist. She re­port­edly told po­lice that the man had be­haved that way to­ward her once be­fore, but she did not re­port it be­cause “she is very afraid of him.”

When of­fi­cers spoke with the man, he re­port­edly ad­mit­ted to walk­ing into the man­ager’s of­fice and in­ter­rupt­ing the woman. He al­legedly said it was be­cause he thought she was talk­ing about him to the man­ager. Empty your pock­ets

A man was ar­rested Fri- day evening af­ter he was caught with stolen items down his pants, ac­cord­ing to re­ports from the Cov­ing­ton Po­lice Depart­ment.

Po­lice were called to Wal­mart on In­dus­trial Boule­vard and told that a man, later iden­ti­fied as Nakia Smith, was check­ing out with one item but had been seen by a loss preven­tion em­ployee plac­ing items down his pants in the au­to­mo­tive depart­ment.

Of­fi­cers sit­u­ated them­selves at the front doors of the store as Smith was walk­ing with the loss preven­tion em­ployee to­ward the doors.

Ac­cord­ing to re­ports, when Smith saw the of­fi­cers, he started run­ning in the other di­rec­tion, to­ward the gro­cery exit. He then by­passed that exit, and headed to­ward the phar­macy and the gar­den cen­ter exit, but was cut off by po- lice be­fore he could make it.

Lo­cated in Smith’s pants were an Aqua Dry towel, Tire Wet and BM Pro­tec­tant. The to­tal cost of the items was $15.48. The items were re­moved from Smith’s pants and re­turned to Wal­mart.

Smith was charged with theft by shoplift­ing and ob­struc­tion. He was trans­ported to the New­ton County Jail.

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