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Crime briefs: Fruit stand burglarized
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Money and meat were reportedly stolen from Covington's well-known fruit stand over the weekend.

A Covington police responded to Ramsey's Produce fruit stand on Usher Street in reference to a burglary on Monday just before 6 a.m. The owner told the officer that someone stole $80 from the cash drawer, $30 from the food donation jar and about $100 worth of meat from the cooler.

The owner came to check on the business around 6 p.m. on Sunday and told the officer that the burglary must have happened some time between Sunday night and Monday morning.

The officer reported that the wood frame window on the front of the store had been pried away from the store front. Pieces of the window trim were laying around the window on the ground and the whole window frame had been set on the ground.

The owner said he believed someone climbed inside the store through the open window. The estimated cost to replace the window is about $200. Pictures were taken of the damage and placed into evidence.

Girls just want to have a fight?
A juvenile told police that two girls approached her and started a fight when she got off of the school bus on Friday afternoon.

A Covington police officer responded to the Newton Medical Center around 4 p.m. after receiving a call about an assault that happened in the Sterling Lakes subdivision.

While at the hospital, the officer spoke to a woman and her teenage daughter. The teen said she got off of the school bus and was followed by two 15-year-old girls. She said one of the girls approached her and said she wanted to fight.

The teen told the girl she did not want to fight, but the girl punched the teen in the eye and continued to punch her six to seven more times. The teen was able to get away and headed to her home.

According to the incident report, the teen had a laceration under her right eye. The teen also told the officer that she had scratches on her feet, hands and legs. Pictures were taken of the teen's injuries.

The officer responded to the home of the girl who was reportedly responsible for the fight at Sterling Lakes Court and spoke to the parents. A juvenile complaint was then filed.

Bump in the night
A man discovered that what he thought was his cat moving around was actually someone damaging his window on Thursday night.

A deputy with the Newton County Sheriff's Office responded to a call at a home located on County Road 213 on Friday just before 11 a.m.

A man told the deputy that he and his wife went to bed around midnight and there was no damage to the residence. He said during the early hours of the night he heard something, which came from the bedroom window he and his wife were sleeping in.

The man said he thought the noise was his cat jumping up against the bedroom window and knocking over the window blinds so he went back to sleep. However, the next day, he realized the bedroom window was busted and it looked as though someone shot the window with some type of gun.

The estimated cost of the damage was about $400.

Electronic benefits
A woman reported on Friday of purchases made on her stolen EBT card of more than $1,000 worth of items.

A Covington police officer responded to the QuikTrip located on U.S. Highway 278 on Friday just before 7 p.m. in reference to a call about fraud.

The woman said on Sept. 1 she lost her wallet, which contained her Social Security, EBT, welfare and Medicaid cards, her driver license, her auto insurance card and assorted jewelry. The woman said she believed she lost her wallet at the Newton Medical Center or the CVS located on U.S. Highway 278.

On Friday, the woman discovered that her EBT card had been used at several locations in Covington with a total purchase of $1,136.30. The woman said the estimated value of her jewelry was about $75.

The woman gave police a written statement noting the purchases made with her EBT card. She was advised to contact the Social Security Administration, the Medicaid office and the Department of Driver's Services in reference to her other cards being stolen.