Kay Jewel­ers bur­glary un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion

The Covington News - - THE SECOND FRONT - DANIELLE EVER­SON de­v­er­son@cov­news.com

Thieves re­port­edly stole an un­de­ter­mined amount of mer­chan­dise from Kay Jewel­ers Fri­day.

A re­port from the Cov­ing­ton Po­lice Depart­ment said of­fi­cers re­sponded around 9 a. m. to a bur­glary that al­ready oc­curred at Kay Jewel­ers, U. S. High­way 278.

Em­ploy­ees, who had not opened the store, re­port­edly looked through the win­dows of the store and no­ticed it had been ran­sacked. Of­fi­cers at the scene cleared the store and found that the store had been tam­pered with.

“Draw­ers and cab­i­nets had been bro­ken into and there was a faint smell of smoke. It was ap­par­ent that en­try was made through the rear of the store. The rear door was left open and on the back side, there was a re­stroom that had a hole cut into it from the ad­ja­cent va­cant build­ing,” the re­port said.

Ac­cord­ing to the re­port, when the of­fi­cer looked on the out­side of the back­side of the store, he no­ticed the neigh­bor­ing door had been cut open and then from that build­ing, the sheet rock had been cut through into the Kay’s build­ing.

The re­port said all sur­veil­lance equip­ment had been dam­aged and de­stroyed; and all the wires were cut to the phones and com­put­ers.

The safe was not bro­ken into, but had sig­nif­i­cant dam­age to the side where more at­tempts were tried, the re­port said.

CPD Capt. Ken Mal­com said the dol­lar amount of the mer­chan­dise stolen is still been de­ter­mined.

“There was so much taken, we don’t have a pre­cise num­ber of what the to­tal loss is,” Mal­com said.

Fe­male re­port­edly at­tacks live- in boyfriend’s friend

A woman was ar­rested for re­port­edly “kick­ing” and “punch­ing” her boyfriend’s fe­male friend Satur­day.

Ac­cord­ing to a re­port from the Newton County Sher­iff’s Of­fice, a deputy re­sponded to a home at Kirk­land Road in ref­er­ence to an ar­gu­ment just be­fore 3 p. m. A woman, iden­ti­fied as Kenyatta Dukes, 26, re­port­edly told the deputy she did not want her boyfriend’s fe­male friend in the res­i­dence and re­quested that the deputy have them re­moved.

How­ever, the deputy ex­plained to Dukes that he could not re­move his friend due to the boyfriend’s name also be­ing on the lease.

The deputy left the res­i­dence with­out fur­ther in­ci­dent, the re­port said.

About 30 min­utes later, the deputy was dis­patched to the same home in ref­er­ence to an as­sault. Ac­cord­ing to the re­port, Dukes had kicked, punched and scratched the boyfriend’s fe­male friend, caus­ing scratches and lac­er­a­tions on the vic­tims face and neck.

Dukes was ar­rested and charged with a mis­de­meanor charge of bat­tery.

Man run­ning in road­way ar­rested

A Chicka­mauga man was ar­rested Satur­day af­ter he claimed some­one was “try­ing to kill him.”

A deputy with the Newton County Sher­iff’s Of­fice was dis­patched to the area of Ga. High­way 36 and 162 in ref­er­ence to a sus­pi­cious call. Dis­patch no­ti­fied the deputy that a man was hol­ler­ing that some­one was try­ing to kill him.

Upon ar­rival, the deputy found the man, iden­ti­fied as Michael Kee­ton, 27, in the mid­dle of the high­way run­ning in front of pass­ing ve­hi­cles, at­tempt­ing to get them to stop.

The deputy spoke with Kee­ton, who re­port­edly said peo­ple were chas­ing him and try­ing to kill him.

The deputy noted that Kee­ton ap­peared to be in­tox­i­cated, so he asked Kee­ton if he had taken any drugs. Kee­ton re­port­edly told the of­fi­cer he had been smok­ing meth for three days and that he was ex­tremely in­tox­i­cated.

Kee­ton was ar­rested and charged with pedes­trian un­der the in­flu­ence of drugs.

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