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Burglary report leads to drug arrest
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A woman who initially reported that her home was being burglarized later found that her daughter and a Maryland man were hiding in the home.

According to a report from the Newton County Sheriff’s Office, a deputy responded to a home on Cheyenne Drive Saturday in reference to a burglary in progress.

A woman said she arrived home and heard someone in her home and smelled a strong odor of marijuana. The woman then reportedly exited the home and called 9-1-1.

When a NCSO deputy cleared the home, the woman’s daughter and a male, identified in the report as Joshua Finley, 19, of Maryland, were found hiding inside.

According to the report, the woman’s daughter allowed Finley inside the residence. The daughter was released to her mother. Finley was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana less than an ounce.

Walmart employee accused of stealing iPods, iPads

Covington Police are looking into a claim that a Walmart employee stole more than $2,000 worth of electronics. A report from CPD said an officer met with an asset protection manager at the store on Industrial Boulevard Monday who said the store had been investigating an employee theft that dated back to Jan. 19.

According to the report, three iPads and four iPods were found missing from the security lock-up cage at the store. The estimated valuel of the items was $2,397. The asset protection manager reportedly said that a video showed an employee removing items from the cage and not scanning the items. The video reportedly showed that employee later retrieved the items and exited the store with them.

Surveillance video and paperwork from the investigation have been released to the police department. The report stated the case has been turned over to CPD criminal investigators.