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Posted: December 5, 2013 8:42 p.m.

CPD: Armed robbery suspect at large

Covington police are looking for a man they say robbed a convenience store at gunpoint early Thursday morning.

Lt. Al Miller of the Covington Police Department said a man robbed the Pure Food Mart, formerly Tony’s Food Mart, at 4120 Washington St., around 6:30 a.m., after a female employee opened the store.

“The guy went in, and he had a handgun and demanded money,” Miller said.

The suspect is described as a black male wearing a hoodie. Miller said no one was injured, and police continue to investigate.

Police are reviewing surveillance video from the scene, Miller said, and anyone with information can call the CPD office at 770-786-7605.

Woman arrested in Christmas theft
A North Carolina woman reportedly attempted to steal Christmas instead of just shopping for Christmas Wednesday.
A CPD officer arrested Lakesha Morgan, 26, who allegedly attempted to steal $91.71 worth of Christmas merchandise and a “Pucci Friend Pet” toy from the Covington Walmart.

According to a report, an officer patrolling in the Industrial Boulevard area assisted a loss-prevention officer at the store who was pursuing Morgan in the parking lot.

The loss prevention officer told police that Morgan, who was reportedly seen leaving Walmart in a blue Chevrolet Cobalt, had been stopped for shoplifting, but fled the scene.

According to the report, the officer attempted to stop the vehicle, but Morgan drove out of the parking lot, turning left on Industrial Boulevard and attempting to lose the officer by passing other vehicles.

However, as police turned onto Industrial Boulevard, Morgan suddenly pulled into a gravel lot next to railroad tracks, stopped and opened her car door. The officer asked the woman to show her hands, which she did, and then asked her to get out of the vehicle and requested her driver’s license. The officer ran her license, which came back suspended.

The report said Morgan told the officer she left the items she had attempted to take at Walmart. Other CPD officers arrived on the scene, and Morgan was arrested and taken back to Walmart, where she was cited for shoplifting and driving on a suspended license. She was then taken to the Newton County Jail.

Burglary charges
A man reportedly seen carrying a bag containing an Xbox 360 gaming system and several other electronics was arrested and charged with burglary. A Covington police officer was dispatched to Thrash Street just before noon Wednesday in reference to a burglary in progress. The officer was notified by dispatch that a man wearing green camouflage pants and a black jacket, later identified as Deonte Freeman, broke the rear window of the residence and went inside.

According to the report, Freeman was seen exiting the residence through the back door, with a television in his hands, headed down Thrash Street.

While en route, the officer noticed Freeman walking down the street carrying a large black bag and several small items. According to the report, the officer asked Freeman where he got the items, and Freeman said he was given the items by another man who had left in a truck.

The report said the black garment bag Freeman was carrying contained a Magnavox flat-screen television, a blue cooler that contained several Xbox 360 games; an Xbox console, Xbox controllers and cords.

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