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Crime Briefs - Sept. 16
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Woman attempts to steal breast pump, car battery

Police arrested a woman on Thursday after she was caught not paying for items at Walmart. Covington police responded to a call at the Walmart on Industrial Boulevard in reference to shoplifting. Police spoke to an asset protection associate who said he observed a woman, later identified as Toccora Howard, conceal a breast pump in an empty Walmart shopping bag in the infant department.

Howard then walked to the service desk and attempted to return the merchandise, but was unable to return the item.

Howard then began to shop for other items in the store and proceeded to the check-out register to pay for the items, but she did not pay for the breast pump and a car battery. The asset protection associate said he approached Howard and identified who he was. Police arrested Howard for shoplifting and took her to the Newton County Jail.

Man steals another man's Chevrolet truck
Deputies arrested a man who hopped into another man's vehicle and drove away Wednesday.
According to a report from the Newton County Sheriff's Office, a deputy was dispatched to a home on Oak Hill Road in reference to a stolen automobile.

The deputy spoke with a man who said he was at the home repairing a plumbing problem when a man, deputies identified as Thomas Pressley, wearing no shirt, carrying a green bag and clip board came up to him and asked if he had seen his dog.

The man said he told Pressley no and when he turned his head, Pressley got into the man's 2004 red Chevrolet Silverado and drove off.

While the deputy was speaking with the man about what happened, two other deputies informed the deputy that they located Pressley and the man's truck.
Pressley was taken to the Newton County Jail and charged with theft by taking. The man's vehicle was returned to him.

Rims and tires stolen from residence
A woman said someone came into her new residence and stole her tires and rims.

Covington police responded to a call about a burglary at a home on Green Leaf Court Wednesday.
The officer spoke to the woman who said someone entered her house and stole her rims. It appeared the unknown person made entry into the house through the back window.

The woman said she was living next door at her sister's house and she was in the process of moving into her home. She said she came home that afternoon, but her boyfriend noticed that her rims and tires were missing around 6 p.m. that day.

The woman purchased the tires from someone off the street. The total value of the rims and tires was an estimated $2,400.

$3K worth of items stolen from man's home
A man reported that more than $3,000 worth of items were stolen from his home Wednesday.

A deputy with the Newton County Sheriff's Office responded to a call about a burglary at a home on Mote Road around 4 p.m.

The deputy spoke with a man who said he left his home around 8:30 a.m. that morning and when he arrived back that afternoon his daughter told him her TV was missing.

The man checked the house and discovered that someone had stolen two flat screen TV's, a Toshiba laptop and a XBox 360 game system. There were two side screens that had been pried open but not taken off and the back window was broken but the screen was still in place.

The deputy checked inside and outside the house for broken glass but did not see any. The estimated cost of the stolen items was $3,700.