Two teens were arrested Monday evening for stealing children's bikes.
Roderrious Ratrez Usher, 19, and 18-year-old Cavonte Javon Durden were arrested by Covington police, according to a report. Officers reported that when they stopped Usher and Durden, along with a third male, all were breathing heavy and sweating. They immediately started emptying their pockets and placing the items on the hood of the patrol car.
During initial interviews all three said they didn't know one another, even though they were running together when officers stopped them. While officers talked with the three, the man who called 911 about the bicycle theft arrived.
According to reports, the man told officers that he was sitting on his front porch when he saw two youths getting bicycles from his neighbor's front yard. He yelled at the teens, who dropped the bikes and ran away. He identified Usher and Durden as the two who had taken the bikes.
Durden told officers that they were all walking through the area heading to Settlers Grove. When they walked past a house on Blair Street, he picked up a boy's bike and Usher picked up a girl's bike out of a yard and started riding them. When they heard the witness yell at them, they dropped the bikes and ran. He said the third male had not taken anything.
Usher told a similar story, saying that he and Durden were tired of walking and decided to take the bikes. He said they were just going to use them to get to Settlers Grove and return them later. He said that the third male had told them not to do it and was already riding away (on his own bike) when they entered the yard. He also asked officers if he could speak to the victim and apologize to her for taking her bike.
When officers spoke with the third male, he reportedly said that he didn't take anything and that "I knew what time it was, so I went down the street."
The bikes were returned to the owner. Usher and Durden were taken to the Newton County Detention Center and charged with theft by taking.