Emer­gency Pawn bur­glar­ized for sec­ond time

The Covington News - - FRONT PAGE - DARRYL WELCH dwelch@cov­news.com

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.

Darryl Welch | The Cov­ing­ton News

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