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Windows smashed at community center
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A county employee told police that someone shattered the windows at a community center. A Covington police officer responded to the Magnolia Heights Community Center on Thursday around noon in reference to damage done to three windows. The officer met with a county employee who said between Sept. 23 and 27 an unknown person broke three-double pane windows located at the rear of the building. Police said only the outside layers of the windows were broken. No entry was made into the building. The estimated replacement cost for each window was $333.25. No other information was available at the time of the report.

Gas tank on empty
A woman reported that someone stole gas from one of the vehicles at a truck rental business. According to a report from the Newton County Sheriff's Office, a deputy spoke with an employee of ABBA Relocation of Atlanta located on Hazelbrand Road on Thursday in reference to a theft by taking. The employee said some time between Sept. 21 and 22 an unknown person came on to the property and siphoned the gas from one of the U-Haul Trucks. There were no further details given about the incident. The deputy estimated that the value of gas stolen was about $90.

Phones away
A woman said a man pushed her and threw her phone after an argument on Thursday. A Covington police officer responded to a call about a fight at a residence at Huntcliff Place. When the officer arrived, he was told that a woman needed help at the cul-de-sac of Bent Pine Court. The officer located the woman who said Dantoine Dukes came to her house and started to argue with her. She said she left her residence and went toward the cul-de-sac and that's when Dukes reportedly pushed her down and took her phone. Dukes then threw the woman's phone and left running. Police were unable to locate Dukes, who police said already had outstanding warrants for his arrest. Police recovered the woman's cell phone, which was broken.

Stihl stolen
A Georgia Department of Transportation employee reported tools stolen from an equipment building on Thursday morning. A police officer with the Covington Police Department was dispatched to the Georgia DOT yard at Hazelbrand Road in response to a burglary around 6 a.m. The officer met with a GDOT employee who said when he arrived just before 6 a.m. for work, he observed the gate and garage door to the equipment building open. The employee looked at the chain on the gate and he saw it had been cut. The employee said he left at 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 26 and he locked the gate and building up. The employee also discovered that the medal grate over the bathroom window had been opened and he believed that was how entry was gained into the building.

At the time of the report, the employee said DOT was missing two Stihl weed eaters worth $300 each, one Stihl pole saw worth $600 and one Stihl backpack blower worth $600. Police found a pair of blue handled pliers and red handled wire cutters were found laying outside the garage door. The tools police found did not belong to DOT and they were then placed into evidence. The employee contacted a Georgia DOT Investigator to report the burglary.