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Posted: February 15, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Trio sought in teddy bear heist

A group of males apparently took Valentine’s Day seriously despite the snow storm, when they reportedly took teddy bears from a drugstore Tuesday.

A report from the Covington Police Department said an officer responded to the Rite Aid on U.S. Highway 278 in reference to a call about shoplifting. Dispatch reportedly notified the officers that three black males had stolen several items and then ran from the store toward Spring Street.

The officer searched the area, was unable to find the suspects and then went to the store. An employee told the officer that the three had entered the store with bookbags around 2:30 a.m. and took several items.

According to the report, surveillance cameras showed the suspects going down the aisles, and two of the males grabbing teddy bears and then running out the front door. The third male reportedly walked out of the store shortly after, circled the building, and then ran down Spring Street. The employee was unsure if the third male took anything or if any other items were placed in the males’ bookbags. The teddy bears totaled nearly $160.

The employee reportedly said two of the males were familiar. One reportedly used a female’s discount card, which was associated with a Stone Mountain Street address.

Police went to that residence and spoke with the homeowner, who stated she didn’t know anything, and she allowed officers to search the home. Neither the stolen items nor the suspects were located.

Tip not on table

An employee at a restaurant said a group walked out with her tip jar Wednesday afternoon.

A report said a deputy with the Newton County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call at the Peking Chinese Restaurant on Ga. Highway 20 just before 2 p.m.

An employee said three males and a female walked in the front door and looked over the menu as if they were going to order something. However, the group left without ordering.

The employee said before the group came in the store, her tip jar containing $30 was on the counter, but she discovered it missing shortly after the group left the restaurant.

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