A resident at a nursing home was reportedly woken up by burglars on Thursday morning.
Covington police responded to West Street around 5:30 a.m. after receiving a call about a burglary in progress at Riverside Nursing Home. According to the report, personnel told police that two unknown men had entered a room through an unlocked window and they were unsure if the two suspects were still in the building.
Police secured the area of the building and went door to door to check for the suspects, but they were unable to locate them. Police then spoke with one of the residents who told police he woke up when he heard the sound of someone going through his nightstand. The resident said as he rolled over thinking it was the nursing staff in the room, he noticed a man going through his drawers. The resident asked the man what he was doing and the man walked out into the hallway.
When the resident got out of the bed to follow the man, he saw another man. The resident described both of the men as wearing bandannas and one of them possibly carrying a long gun. The resident told police that he was unsure if he had locked his window.
Police checked the area and discovered black dirt coming into the room and on the floor. Personal items that belonged to the resident were found outside his window. Police also found a black batting style glove on top of the pile of the resident's belongings. Police took pictures of the scene and collected the glove for evidence.
Several items reported missing from personal care home
The owner of a personal care home said one of his recently hired employees may have stolen items from his patients.
A deputy with the Newton County Sheriff's Office was dispatched to a theft at a home on Fincher Road on Tuesday afternoon. The deputy spoke with the owner who said a woman he hired as a caretaker about eight days ago left the home without telling anyone and items were also missing.
He said the woman lived on the premises and she was only supposed to leave when she was relieved by another caretaker. The man noticed blister packs containing medications for two of the homes patients missing and another one of the patient's wallet and check book were missing.
No one observed the woman take anything or see her leave.