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Posted: August 4, 2012 3:37 p.m.

Crime Briefs: A recap of local crimes

Dog feces found on equipment at a business
An unknown person put dog feces on equipment at a business on Tuesday. Covington police said on Thursday, an employee at Georgia Rehab Services told them someone came into the business and put dog feces on a pillow on one of the examination tables. The man said the person also emptied a trashcan in the building. The man told police he believed a former employee might have gotten into the building. According to the police report, there were no signs of forced entry and nothing appeared to be missing.

Man arrested for stealing wireless router from Walmart
A Covington man was arrested on Wednesday after he was caught taking a wireless router from the Walmart on Salem Road. A report from the Newton County Sheriff's Office said a loss prevention employee noticed Kenneth Perry take two wireless routers from the electronics department and walk to the cereal aisle of the grocery section. She told police while on that aisle, Perry opened one of the boxes and placed a wireless router in his pocket. The employee said Perry placed the other unopened wireless box on the shelf and then proceeded to self-checkout to pay for his other items. Perry was charged with theft by shoplifting.

Man runs past Kroger employee after reportedly stealing from store
Covington police searched for a man who reportedly stole several items from the Kroger on U.S. Highway 278 on Wednesday. According to a police report, police spoke with a store manager who said "a stocky black male with about seven twists in the front of his hair" put several items in his pants and attempted to leave the store. The manager told police that when a loss prevention employee confronted the man about the items, he pushed pass the employee and ran across the street toward Stalvey's restaurant. Police were unable to locate the man. The manager said the man was captured on surveillance video.

Woman complains about harassing calls at her job
A Covington woman told a deputy with the Newton County Sheriff's Office that her brother's girlfriend has been harassing her with phone calls at her job. The woman said she's a branch manager with a bank and whenever her brother's girlfriend gets mad with him, she calls the bank to complain about her. She said her brother's girlfriend has been calling different banks within her branch trying to get her fired for the past year. The woman said her brother's girlfriend even called the bank's main office and claimed that she was harassing her. The deputy advised the woman to contact the district attorney's office for more information on seeking a temporary protection order.

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