COVINGTON, Ga. - The Covington Police Department (CPD) is investigating several car break-ins that happened in the early morning hours Saturday. In one case, a handgun was stolen.
According to a CPD incident report, Officer C. Jackson was patrolling the area of Woodland Court and Woodland Avenue at 2:13 a.m. July 15 in reference to reports of suspicious juveniles pulling vehicle door handles.
Jackson reportedly noticed a white Lexus SUV parked in the driveway of a Woodland Court home with the driver’s side passenger door open. According to the report, Jackson checked the vehicle and noticed items strewn about inside and the glove compartment open.
Jackson made contact with the vehicle’s owner, who came outside to check the vehicle. According to the report, the owner told police that the only item he knew that was taken from the vehicle was a fully loaded gen3 Glock Model 17 handgun from the driver’s side door pocket.
A short time later, approximately 2:30 a.m., Jackson was patrolling on Woodland Avenue and located a PUSH fitness band in the middle of the roadway. Near the band, he found a makeup bag, BBT debit card, a Shell gas gift card and the center armrest to a vehicle. According to the report, dispatch was able to locate a person whose name matched that on the found property who has a Woodland Avenue address. Jackson went to the address listed and found a vehicle with the driver’s side door slightly ajar.
According to the report, Jackson checked the vehicle and it was apparent that it had been ransacked, with items reportedly strewn about inside. It also had an armrest identical to the one found in the street. Jackson made contact with the vehicle’s owner who did not state a specific time when the vehicle was parked and was uncertain if the vehicle had been left unlocked. According to the report, the owner advised that all of the items found in the street belonged to her, but could not say if anything else was missing.
At approximately 3:02 a.m., Officer Denis Cerovic was patrolling in the area of North Links Drive in reference to the entering auto calls when he observed a black Dodge Avenger in the driveway of a home with the headlights and taillights flashing. According to the report, he checked the vehicle and observed the driver’s side door slightly open. The glove box and center console were also open. A red Volkswagon Jetta parked next to the Dodge also had its driver’s side slightly open as well as its glove box.
According to the report, Cerovic made contact with the owners of both vehicles who said they did not leave their glove boxes open. The owner of the Jetta said her vehicle was locked. The owner of the Dodge said hers was not. Both owners checked their vehicles and did not report anything missing.