Emergency Pawn burglarized for second time
For the second time in 30 days, thieves have targeted Emergency Pawn.
According to a Covington Police Department (CPD) report, shortly before 3:20 a.m. March 20, CPD and Newton County Sheriff’s Office (NCSO) units responded to a burglar alarm at the business at 5153 US Highway 278 in Covington.
When they arrived at the scene, according to the report, units observed the “front door had been snatched off of the building” and entry had been made. Officers reportedly entered the building and cleared it. Owner Ed Turner said that around 3 a.m. Monday morning, three black males used a white pick-up truck to ram the front doors of the pawn shop by backing into it. According to Turner, they initially rammed the doors and were unable to get through the security cage, so they rammed it a second time and gained entry.
Turner said the thieves were only in the store for 20 seconds before leaving with AR- style rifles. When they pulled away from the building, according to Turner, they pulled the door frame with them.
CPD Public Information Officer Allan Seebaran said a responding officer observed the truck driving at a high rate of speed on Highway 278 and gave chase, but was unable to catch it. According to Seebaran, the officer saw the truck turn onto Pace Street.
Seebaran said the truck went into a creek near Bethlehem Baptist Church. Responding units were reportedly unable to locate the three males, but were able to recover some of the stolen weapons as well as the truck. There were no reported injuries
Seebaran said CPD detectives are following leads in the theft.