SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. –Covington Police Department reported two people arrested Sunday in Social Circle are responsible for a weekend burglary in Covington.
Public Information Officer Allan Seebaran told The Covington News 26-year-old Jose Antonio Cruz and 39-year-old Anthony E. Cook, both of Atlanta, are suspects in the Dec. 16 burglary at the Walgreens on Highway 278. Cash and gift cards were stolen in the theft.
Social Circle police arrested Cook and Cruz for criminal attempt Dec. 17 after they tried to break into a Family Dollar store. Cruz was also charged with possession of tools for the commission of a crime.
Social Circle Police Chief Tyrone Oliver said the pair attempted to break into the back door of the store at 1263 North Cherokee Road in Social Circle at approximately 5:10 p.m., less than 24 hours after the Walgreens theft. He said they ran when the store manager yelled at them.
According to the SCPD incident report, the subjects were fleeing the scene as the 911 call was being made. Oliver said witnesses gave a good description of the getaway car, a red Dodge Charger with a drive out tag. The car matched the description of the car used in the in the Covington burglary.
Walton County 911 issued a BOLO (be on the lookout) for the rental car. Oliver said the vehicle was stopped in Monroe at by Monroe Police and the Walton County Sheriff’s Office.
According to the report, a Social Circle police officer responded to the scene and determined the two people being detained matched the description of the suspects in the attempted break-in at the Family Dollar. Both subjects were returned to Social Circle and charged. The vehicle was towed from the scene.