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Crime: Money taken from Coke machine
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A manager and employees at Food Depot reported that two unknown men took money out of the outside Coca-Cola vending machine. According to a report, a Covington police responded to the Food Depot on U.S. Highway 278 on Wednesday around 9 a.m. in reference to someone breaking into the Coke machine.

The police officer spoke with the manager and an employee who said around 2:45 a.m., two men in a white Chevrolet Impala waited for the stock employees to leave the parking lot of the store and then pulled up to the machine and took the money.
The manager said the vehicle pulled in front of the Coke machine located between Food Depot and the Sprint store. The passenger got out of the vehicle and opened the hood of the vehicle and acted as it was broke down, while the driver opened the coke machine and took the money.

The unknown man appeared to be trying different keys to get in the machine. The man reportedly took $227 from the machine.
The manager told police that someone had been taking money from the machine since June. She said the total of money taken was $779.14.

The men were captured on a surveillance camera.

The driver of the vehicle was described as a black man who appeared to be bald and the passenger was described as a black man with long dreads. The officer asked the Coca-Cola representative if he recognized the two men. The Coca-Cola representative said one of the guys walked like a man he knew, but he wasn't sure if it was him.

After school care
Two juvenile girls came home from school to find their house broken into.

A Covington police officer responded to a call about a burglary at a home on Sterling Lakes Drive around 4 p.m. on Thursday.
A juvenile girl told the officer that she and her 11-year-old sister left the home for school around 8 a.m. and when they returned home from school, they noticed the living room was ransacked.

The girl said the sofa cushions were on the floor and her mom's pistol and two Dell laptops were missing. The girl also noticed that the basement door was open and four of the other bedrooms had been looked through. She told the officer that a camera, a Cruz tablet, a digital camera and several other electronics were missing from the home. The officer estimated the total of items stolen was about $4,850.

NHS student found with prescription drugs

A Newton High School student was found with drugs at school on Wednesday. Lt. Mark Mitchell with the Newton County Sheriff's Office said school resource officers received a complaint from school administrators about students smoking near a trash dumpster.

Mitchell said further investigation by the school resource officers revealed one of the students, a 15-year-old girl, was found to have some type of blue pills.

The girl was arrested and charged with drug possession, manufacturing or distributing within 1,000 feet of public or private school property and possession of legal drugs to be kept in an original container. The student was turned over to juvenile authorities.

AHS student breaks another student's nose

An Alcovy High School student was charged with aggravated battery, disorderly conduct and disruption of operation of public school. NCSO Lt. Mark Mitchell said on Tuesday around 10 a.m., a school resource officer found a student punching and kicking another student.

The fight was captured on a surveillance camera. Mitchell said the two juvenile boys were 14 and 15 years old.

He said the victim had a broken nose after the fight. The juvenile responsible for the fight was turned over to juvenile authorities and suspended from school.