COVINGTON, Ga. – Investigators with the Covington Police Department (CPD) are looking for the person or people responsible for breaking into several vehicles at a local hotel overnight Tuesday. Two handguns were reported stolen.
According to multiple CPD incident reports, officers responded to the Hampton Inn on Paras Drive Sept. 20 just before 7:30 a.m. on reports of the autos being entered. A Florida woman reportedly told police that the driver’s window of her Dodge truck was busted out and a .22 cal. pistol and two sets of motorcycle keys were taken. According to a report, while officers were getting fingerprints from the vehicle, a set of keys that belonged to the victim were found in front of the hotel’s emergency exit door.
A Georgia man told police that the driver’s door lock on his 2014 Ford F150 had been damaged. He reportedly told officers that a stainless Sig Sauer .45 cal. pistol had been taken from the vehicle. According to a report, fingerprint samples were collected from the truck.
Two other people reported to police that it looked like someone had tried to break into their vehicles. One woman said the perpetrators were not able to gain access to her vehicle and only broke the door handle. An Alabama man reportedly told police that somebody had damaged the driver’s door lock on his 2008 GMC Sierra. Police were able to collect fingerprints from the truck.
At the LaQuinta Inn located at 9159 Access Road, a Tennessee man contacted CPD Sept. 19 to report that his 2011 Chevy Silverado had been ransacked. The man reportedly told police he parked and locked his vehicle at approximately 8:30 p.m. Monday night. When he returned to his truck the next morning, he noticed the damage. According to the report, the driver’s door lock looked like it had been punched.