COVINGTON -- Three arrests have been made in connection with the burglary of Spend Thrift Pawn on Emory Street in Oxford in the early morning hours of New Year's Day, according to the Covington Police Department. The burglary was not discovered until daylight when a passerby informed police of a door to the business standing open.
"Around 1 a.m. on New Year's Day, a caller advised dispatch that persons were walking down Old Atlanta Highway with what appeared to be a rifle sticking out of a backpack," CPD Public Information Officer Capt. Ken Malcom said. "Officer Kara Hipps responded and observed three males walking down Old Atlanta Highway towards Emory Street. Two were pushing bicycles and the other was pushing a motorcycle. All three dropped the items and ran in different directions when confronted by police."
The items left behind included the motorcycle and bicycles, a Crossman BB gun and ammunition. It was discovered later that morning that the motorcycle and BB gun had been stolen in the Spend Thrift burglary. Other items taken in the burglary, a .38 special handgun and an antique wooden gun, were not found when the three fled. A third bicycle had been left at the door of the pawn shop, thus apparently freeing up the third suspect to take the motorcycle.
Video surveillance tape was obtained from the burglary which showed the three individuals in the act and CPD Officer Hayward DeRouen recognized one of the individuals involved, Malcom said.
"This individual was located later that night, along with two other individuals who later confessed to Officer DeRouen and Detective Jeff Bruno that they had committed this burglary," Malcom said.
Officers were able to recover items taken in the Spend Thrift burglary, as well as several other Oxford area burglaries.
Arrested and charged with one count of burglary were Jeremy Howard, 17, of 8119 Moore St., Eric Leonard Dawson, 17, of 106-B College Square, Oxford, and a 16-year-old male juvenile.
"Officer Hipps, DeRouen and Detective Bruno all did an outstanding job in solving this case," Malcom said.
In other crime news, a woman reported that while sitting in the Kroger parking lot at Newton Plaza on U.S. Highway 278 Wednesday evening a man parked next to her exposed himself.
The woman told CPD officers that she was waiting in her car with three youngsters while her sister was in the store. She noticed a truck parked in front of her in the parking lot which backed out of the space it was in and then drove around the parking lot and parked next to her. She said the driver flashed his lights at her several times as if trying to get her attention.
The victim said she noticed the driver's door was open and when she looked over, she noticed the man had exposed himself.
The woman was unable to call 911 as her sister had her cellphone. When the sister came out of the store, they fled the area and then called and reported the incident.
The man is described as white, in his early to mid-30s, wearing a sweatshirt and a skull cap. The truck was described as a newer model Dodge Ram 1500, four-door, white pickup with three chrome rims. The fourth tire appeared to be a spare. No tag number was provided.
Anyone with information on this suspect is asked to call the CPD at 770-786-7605, go to their website at www.covingtonpolice.com or use the mobile to mobile app called tipsubmit.