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Crime down over holiday
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The Christmas holiday was rather calm for local law enforcement with only a few relatively minor incidents occurring.

"It was very quiet thank goodness," said Newton County Sheriff's Office Lt. Crum.

While most of the crimes committed were minor, a juvenile was robbed at the Meadowbrook Motor Home Park on Christmas Eve night. According to the incident report filed by NCSO Deputy Wesley Atha, the incident occurred in a field at the back of the park where the juvenile was attacked by four others.

His wallet and cell phone were taken in the robbery. No arrests have been made in the case.

 On Christmas day a bugler used a unique method to gain entry into the BP Gas Station on Turner Lake Road. Surveillance video reportedly shows the black man enter the store through the roof.

Once inside, he allegedly stuffed 15 boxes of Newport Cigarettes in his coat before rummaging through the rest of the store. As he was exiting the store through the roof, the man also took an 18 pack of Coors Light.

Further investigation revealed the perpetrator entered the building by removing a vent that had been covering a hole in the building's roof. The man was reportedly wearing a grey sweat shirt, blue jeans and tan work boots. No arrest has been made in the case so far.

Also during the holiday, several people were arrested for DUIs. Some of those arrested were snagged in one of the many roadblocks which were setup throughout the county. NCSO traffic unit commander Sgt. Randy Downs said enhanced traffic enforcement will continue through Jan. 2 with all three traffic units on the road everyday.

On New Year's Eve traffic enforcement will be paramount, Downs said.

"We are stepping up traffic enforcement in the west and south of the county," Downs said. "Last year had aggressive patrols in a different part of the county and it worked really well. There will be at least 10 officers on traffic duty on New Year's Eve."

The officers will be on the lookout for a variety of offences on the roadway.

"We are not looking for just one thing," Downs said. "We'll be checking seatbelts, window tinting, speeding and licenses among other things."

Anyone with information regarding the robbery is asked to call the Newton County Sheriff's Office at (678) 625-1403. Tips may also be given anonymously at (678) 625-5007 or on their Web site

Anyone with information about the robbery burglary is asked to call the Covington Police Department at 770-786-7605. Tips can be given to the CPD anonymously by visiting their Web site at and clicking on "contact us" and then "secret witness."