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Burglars cut hole into wall to rob store
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Deputies with the Newton County Sheriff’s Office are investigating a burglary Jan. 15 at a convenience store on Browns Bridge Road where criminals cut a hole in the store’s back wall to gain entrance.

According to the incident report, the criminals ripped the utility box from the back wall along with cutting a hole in the wall. Cash, a computer, cigarettes and a set of the store’s register keys were stolen. The computer and the keys were found in a wooded area near the store.

Anyone with information in this case is asked to contact the Newton County Sheriff’s Office at (678) 625-1400. Anonymous tips can be left online at


Shoplifting smoker gets caught at Quik Trip

Officers with the Covington Police Department arrested Maurice Hill Jan. 23 for his role in stealing $750 worth of cigarettes from the Quik Trip on Ga. Hwy 278.

According to the incident report, an employee saw two men enter the store and act as if they were using the ATM, which is located at the rear of the checkout counter. The employee said the men left the store with a box hidden under a bulky coat. Although the employee confronted the men the parking, they hurriedly answered his questions and drove away in an SUV. However, a third man who was with the robbing duo was still inside the store.

Officers found the coat lying on the ground with the box under it and recovered the stolen items—12 cartons of Newport cigarettes, six cartons of Winston cigarettes, 10 cartons of Marlboro cigarettes, and one carton of Camel cigarettes.

Officers arrested Hill. He was transported to the Newton County Law Enforcement Center where he was charged with shoplifting.


Man reports $4 theft

A Covington man reported an auto break-in Jan. 16 at a home on Red River Court after criminals made away with $4 worth of quarters.

According to the incident report, the car was left unlocked overnight and someone entered the vehicle and took the money.

The owners did not report anything else stolen.


Thieves hit Cars for Christ

Officers with the Covington Police Department are investigating multiple car tag thefts at Cars for Christ. The thefts were reported Jan. 22.

According to the incident report, three Georgia dealer tags had been stolen from the Cars for Christ office over the last several months.

The tags are valued at $36.