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Posted: July 12, 2009 12:01 a.m.

Man, 17, charged in several robberies

Reportedly seen with stolen television

Covington Police Officers arrested a 17-year-old man for one burglary and ended up tying him to at least three other in the Mill Village area of the city.

According to CPD Detective Daniel Seals, officers responded to a home on Blair Street at around 2:40 p.m. Thursday afternoon after receiving a call from a concerned neighbor. The woman reportedly told officers that she saw a black male wearing a T-shirt and jean shorts carry a flat screen television down the street, then come back and enter the residence again.

When officers arrived, they allegedly saw the male in question running from the home in the direction of Turner Street. While officers gave chase, the young man reportedly ran down the railroad tracks,then turned and headed toward Nixon Circle. Officers were able to split up and head the man off near Turner Street. Unfortunately, he ran into an occupied apartment and, after a brief search, was located in the bedroom closet and taken into custody.

The young man, identified as Lamarquis Shadrack Huff (aka Cooper), was taken into custody. The owner of the apartment stated that he did not know Huff. The apartment was being worked on and both the front and back doors did not have door knobs at the time, allowing Huff to enter without problem. Also in the home were six young children – all visibly upset that Huff had run into the apartment, according to reports.

When officers searched the area around the railroad tracks, they allegedly located a flat screen television, which was returned to the homeowner on Blair Street. A search of the home also revealed that the front door had been kicked in and there was another flat screen television that had been moved from its original location.

Huff was transported to Newton Medical Center where emergency staff was able to check a cut on his forehead and then clear him. He was then transported to the Newton County Detention Center.

After being interviewed by detectives, Huff was additionally charged with two other burglaries that occurred in the area recently.

"The officers did really well," said Seals. "We are very happy with their work and are quite confident that Huff is responsible for quite a few robberies in the area."

Huff was charged with four counts of burglary and one count each of obstruction and criminal trespass. Detectives are still investigating whether Huff could be tied to more burglaries in the area.

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