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Trucks entered, tools stolen from Covington business

COVINGTON, Ga. – Covington Police are trying to find the person who broke into the gate at a Covington business, entered three service trucks and stole two acetylene torches early Sunday morning.

According to a CPD incident report, Officer Justin Stott responded to Rutledge Air Services Monday morning to escort an employee who had found the business’ gate open.

When he got to the scene, Stott found that the gate’s lock had been removed. Around the back of the building, Stott and the employee discovered that the trucks had been entered. A battery and jumper cables had been removed from a box truck and someone had attempted to jump off the truck and take it but were unable to get it started.

According to the report, the steering column on the truck had been tampered with and the wires ripped out. In addition to the torches, the employee told police a bag of tools and an android Maxx 16GB cellphone were stolen.

Security footage reportedly showed the offender appeared to be a white male wearing a black t-shirt under a light colored hoodie. The male was at the location from 12:50 a.m. until approximately 4 a.m. Feb. 11. According to report, the employee said the stolen cellphone was being used until 3 a.m. Feb. 12.