Shortly after midnight Wednesday, the Covington Police Department was called in reference to a burglary in progress on Bede Drive.
Once on site the victim was able to describe the suspect as a black male, 5 feet 11 inches tall, 180 pounds, with dreadlocks and wearing a black hoodie. The suspect reportedly fled the scene carrying a stolen green and tan book bag.
The witness' description led officers to the home of Romeo Brown. The officers were met at the door by Brown's father, who reportedly told officers his son had just arrived back home.
A subsequent search of Brown's room revealed two
cell phones, a Linksy network adapter and a Bluetooth wireless headset hidden under the suspect's bed. A green and tan book bag containing a Compaq Armada computer and a black Motorola was also found.
Brown was arrested and transported to the Newton County Detention Center and charged burglary.
In a separate incident, at 2 a.m. Wednesday a black man reportedly entered a residence on Meadow Ridge Drive by forcing open a sliding glass door in the rear of the house with a flat head screwdriver.
The homeowner's son was asleep on the couch just inside the door during the burglary. He was not awakened by the burglar, but the boy's mother did see the suspect as he loomed over her bed.
She reportedly thought the suspect was her son and asked why he was still awake. The suspect reportedly replied he was going to play a game on the laptop.
As the burglar left the room, the victim noticed he was fully clothed, which stuck her as odd. She then left her room just in time to see the suspect exit the residence with several stolen items.
The burglar was described as a black male in his late teens or early 20s wearing black short pants, a white polo shirt with red and black stripes and a ball cap worn backward.
The suspect reportedly took a black purse containing a social security card, a Hewlett Packard laptop computer, a Playstation 2, six Playstation 2 games and six DVDs.
If you have information about this crime, please 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 www.newtonsheriffga.org.