Anony­mous tip leads to ar­rest in BP bur­glar­ies

The Covington News - - THE SECOND FRONT - DANIELLE EVER­SON de­v­er­son@cov­

An anony­mous tip to the Newton County Sher­iff’s Of­fice led to the ar­rest of man ac­cused in two De­cem­ber smas­hand-grab bur­glar­ies.

NCSO deputy Cort­ney Mor­ri­son said deputies ar­rested Fred­die Blue Jr., 19, of Cov­ing­ton, Fri­day.

Mor­ri­son said on Wed­nes­day, Dec. 11, deputies re­sponded to a bur­glary alarm at the BP gas sta­tion at 3300 Ga. High­way 81 South.

Once the deputies ar­rived, they ob­served that the front door was shat­tered by a large rock and cig­a­rettes, con­doms and lot­tery tick­ets were taken.

Mor­ri­son said at the same store on Satur­day, Dec. 28,deputies re­sponded to alarm just af­ter 1:30 a.m. She said deputies found the front door area bro­ken, with lot­tery tick­ets and cig­a­rettes miss­ing from the store.

“Our investigators re­ceived an anony­mous tip through our anony­mous tip line al­lud­ing to the sus­pect be­ing in­volved,” Mor­ri­son said. “Our investigators then fol­lowed up on that tip and were able to ob­tain prob­a­ble cause to make an ar­rest.”

Deputies charged B lue with two counts of smas­hand-grab bur­glary and two counts of crim­i­nal dam­age to prop­erty, Mor­ri­son said.

Mor­ri­son said the Newton County Sher­iff’s Of­fice has an anony­mous tip line and a gang tip line.

The Sher­iff’s Of­fice launched an anony­mous tip line pro­gram in Novem­ber, us­ing a num­ber of new. tech­nol­ogy-based tools that al­low cit­i­zens to re­port tips anony­mously about crimes and gangs.

Cit­i­zens can sub­mit tips in mul­ti­ple ways, in­clud­ing by text mes­sage to 274637 (CRIMES). Cit­i­zens must start the mes­sage with NCSO and then type the rest of their tip; via the Ap­ple and An­droid app Tip­Sub­mit; on new­ton­sh­er­ gang by click­ing on the Tip­Soft icon; on new­ton­sh­er­ by click­ing the “Anony­mous Tip Line” link; or by call­ing the Sher­iff’s Of­fice anony­mous tip line at 678-6255007.


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