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Covington Kroger employee arrested, more than 100 identities compromised

COVINGTON, Ga. - The Newton County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in identifying victims of identity theft after the recent arrest of Desmeiyon Meadows.

Meadows was arrested May 1 and charged with five counts of felony theft by taking, five counts of felony fourth-degree forgery, six counts of identity theft and financial card fraud. 

These charges stemmed from the Salem Road Kroger loss prevention office, which contacted NCSO in late April to report Meadows, a Kroger employee, was suspected of criminal activity.  During the investigation, the investigator gained probable cause for the arrest of Desmeiyon Meadows regarding the listed charges.  

As part of the investigation, an audit was performed on Desmeiyon Meadows previous transactions and it was discovered that she has been working with an unknown male accomplice or accomplices, therefore, she was charged with those fraudulent transactions as well.  

NCSO needs assistance in identifying Desmeiyon Meadows’ the unknown male(s). 

The attached video shows at least one of the suspected accomplices. 

Kroger Theft

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Upon Desmeiyon Meadows’ arrest, her cell phone was confiscated and a search warrant was obtained to search the phone.  When the phone was searched, there were pictures and/or videos of debit cards, checks, driver’s licenses and social security cards of more than 100 different individuals.  

This is where Newton County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s assistance.

If you have conducted business at the Kroger, 3700 Salem Road, Covington, Ga 30016 in the past year and your personal information has been compromised or you believe it has been compromised please contact NCSO Investigator Clinton French at Leave your name so that it can be cross-referenced with the names located on the phone.