Burglars ravaged several Washington Street businesses Tuesday night, knocking a hole through walls of two stores and taking large amounts of liquor, cigarettes, and cash, according to a Covington Police Department report.
Sometime between 10 p.m. June 22 and 7:17 a.m. June 23, thieves broke into the Quick Liquor store by prying open the back door, according to the report. From there they took a computer tower and camera, which served as surveillance, money from the cash register, about 300 company checks from an account with the Bank of North Georgia, and several cases of assorted beers and liquors.
But their night was far from over. From the inside of the Quick Liquor store, the perpetrators kicked a hole through the wall to the Quick Mart store next door. There they took a laptop computer, video camera system and large amounts of Newport, Marlboro and Doral cigarettes.
They also broke into an ATM machine on the scene and took the cash inside the machine.
In the morning, after store owners discovered looting and reported it to police, a crime scene technician was called to lift fingerprints from the scene.
CPD spokesperson Lt. Wendell Wagstaff said it was not unusual for burglars to resort to tactics such as knocking holes in walls, going through air ducts and going through roofs.
"If anybody sees someone selling a large amount of cigarettes or storing a large amount of cigarettes, that's likely the person that's responsible," he said.
Police are working on a few leads, but anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Covington police at (770) 786-7605. Tips can be left anonymously online at www.covingtonpolice.com/secretwitness