Cov­ing­ton man ar­rested for steal­ing 30 guns and TVs

The Covington News - - LOCAL - MARTIN RAND III mrand@rock­dale­news.com

A Cov­ing­ton man has been ar­rested for al­legedly help­ing to bur­glar­ize a home where up to 30 firearms and three tele­vi­sions were taken.

Vic­tor Mar­cos Ramos, 35, was taken into cus­tody Thurs­day and is be­ing charged with bur­glary. He’s the third per­son to be ar­rested for this in­ci­dent, in­clud­ing Barry Arnold, Jr., 29, and Amy Maike, 26, since it oc­curred in Novem­ber.

The vic­tim of the crime re­ported that some­time in the morn­ing hours of Nov. 14 that their 60-inch TV, two 32-inch flatscreen TVs and 30 guns, in­clud­ing hand­guns, shot­guns and ri­fles, were stolen from her res­i­dence at the 1300 block of Pleas­ant Hill Road, Litho­nia. The vic­tim was not present at the time of the bur­glary.

The 51-year-old fe­male vic­tim stated that Maike, who was a friend to her daugh­ter and had been in­side the res­i­dence mul­ti­ple times, called her shortly be­fore she left the house around 9:50 a.m. The vic­tim re­port­edly found in­ter­est­ing be­cause “she is not friends with Ms. Maike and does not know why she would be call­ing,” ac­cord­ing to the deputies re­port.

“(The vic­tim) stated that Ms. Maike asked her if there was any work she could do around the house to make some ex­tra money,” the deputy wrote. “She also stated that Ms. Maike asked her if any­one was home at the res­i­dence.”

In­ves­ti­ga­tors of the Rock­dale County Sher­iff Of­fice found rea­son to be­lieve that Maike, a res­i­dent of Danielsville, Ga., was in­volved in the bur­glary and ar­rested her Jan. 6 and charged her with bur­glary.

“Ramos and Maike were in­volved in the di­rect bur­glary,” said RCSO Cpl. Michael Camp.

Arnold was ar­rested three days af­ter the ini­tial in­ci­dent on Nov. 17. He was charged with theft by re­ceiv­ing stolen prop­erty be­cause one TV and 17 of the stolen guns were re­cov­ered from his home at 3123 Goode Road, Cony­ers.

Arnold has been ar­rested by the RCSO sev­eral times, with his ear­li­est ar­rest dat­ing back to the 1990s. There have also been at least 25 pre­vi­ous in­ci­dent re­ports in­volv­ing his res­i­dence for drug and forgery re­lated ac­tiv­ity.

“We be­lieve the items were taken to his house af­ter the bur­glary,” said Camp. “Whether he was in­volved in the ac­tual bur­glary, we don’t know.”

RCSO have yet to re­cover the other 13 stolen firearms and two TVs. The in­ves­ti­ga­tion is still on­go­ing.

Ramos is still in the Rock­dale County Jail.

Maike stayed in jail for about two weeks be­fore mak­ing her $12,500 bond. Arnold’s bond was set at $11,000, which he paid af­ter four days of sit­ting in jail.

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