COVINGTON, Ga. – Investigators with the Newton County Sheriff’s Office have arrested five people, including two juvenile suspects, believed to be responsible for three recent vehicle thefts in the county.
According to a press release from Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Sgt. Cortney Morrison, 17-year-old Demontae Peters, 18-year-old Antonio Smith, 18-year-old Pierre Williams, a 14-year-old girl and a 15-year-old boy were arrested and charged with two counts of theft by receiving stolen auto, obstruction and violating the gang act.
The vehicles were stolen from different parts of the county over a four-day period from Saturday to Tuesday.
A 2001 Nissan Xterra was stolen from the Salem Glen Apartments between 5 and 9 a.m. Saturday, a 2014 Chevrolet Silverado was stolen from the driveway of a home on Elks Club Road sometime overnight Monday and a 2013 Chevrolet Traverse was stolen in the early morning hours Tuesday from a driveway on Alcovy Forest Way.
The five are charged in connection to the theft of the Traverse and Silverado. Charges are pending in connection to the theft of the Xterra.
Morrison said according to incident reports, two of the three vehicles were left unlocked. The third report did not indicate whether the vehicle was locked or unlocked.
The owner of the Silverado reportedly told deputies his truck was unlocked with the keys inside. He also reported he had a loaded pistol in the middle console of the vehicle when it was stolen.
Morrison said all three vehicles have been recovered. She said the pistol has not been located.“Investigators are looking into similar cases here in Newton and other counties as well to see if these individuals are responsible for more crimes,” Morrison said.