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Suspect ID'd in series of burglaries

NEWNAN, Ga -- A man arrested in Coweta County is being questioned about a series of burglaries, including a rash of burglaries in May at not-for-profit agencies in Newnan.

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Buford Lewis Newson Jr. was arrested after Newnan Police released photos of a suspect using a credit card at an ATM. The man in the photos was wearing a green John Deere T-shirt.

Shortly after the photos were released, Coweta County Sheriff's investigators and Newnan Police conducted a search warrant at Newson's home and arrested him.

"The green John Deere shirt that was so prominent in our video was located in his property," Newnan Police Lt. Tate Washington said.

Police said the credit card Newson was using was stolen in a break-in at the Carolyn Barron Montessori School on July 18. Police also wanted to question Newson in connection with a break-in at the Coweta Samaritan Clinic on July 17.

The arrest may help solve a series of burglaries that have been baffling investigators since May. That's when there were five burglaries at three different non-profit agencies. 

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On May 5 and 18, a suspect broke into One Roof, a food pantry and thrift store. A cash box was stolen in the first burglary and a candy machine was broken into the second time. One Roof had a surveillance video from the second break-in. 

Bridging the Gap, another food pantry, was also broken into twice that month. On May 9, police responded to an alarm at the agency and found a hole in the back of the business. On May 30, someone broke into the same building by smashing a window.

Another not-for-profit, New Beginnings, a thrift store where profits help domestic violence survivors, was also broken into in May. The suspect used a rock to smash the front door and stole some jewelry and cash.

Lt. Washington said investigators are looking into the possibility Newson committed those burglaries.

"His mode of entry and the items that were taken and things that were done inside the buildings does fit him," Washington said.

Lt. Washington said Newson will be charged with the burglary at the Montessori school. The question that may take some time to answer is how many other burglaries he'll be charged with.

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