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Ormond Beach Observer Saturday, Apr. 4, 2015 3 years ago

COPS CORNER: Free phone not good enough

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by: Wayne Grant Real Estate Editor

Also: Bad driver and bad memory

March 22

Phoney excuse

2:46 p.m. —

1500 Block of West Granada Boulevard.

Shoplifting.

A loss prevention officer detained a shoplifting suspect and called police. The officer asked the suspect if he came to the store with the intent of stealing. The suspect said he had been thinking about stealing a phone for about a week. He said he has a state-issued “Obama-phone,” and a phone like that does not cut it these days.

The suspect was on inmate release status for grand theft auto and had multiple failures to appear. He was arrested for theft.

March 28

Two wrecks in four minutes a new record?

9:39 a.m. —

South Yonge Street and Division Avenue.

Hit and Run.

Dispatch reported a black sedan continuing north on South Yonge Street after hitting a vehicle.

Shortly after, there was another call about a crash in the 1500 block of North U.S. 1 with a car matching the description of the black sedan. Witnesses said they saw the suspect drive recklessly just before the second crash.

The victim in the hit-and-run crash said he was traveling north in the inside lane on Yonge Street, when the suspect passed him on the right and cut in front of him. The black sedan hit the passenger side door and fender, causing moderate damage.

At the North U.S. 1 crash scene, the officer made contact with the suspect sitting in a black Volkswagen Jetta. The suspect asked the officer if her car was drivable, and the officer said he believed it was totaled. He said it had major front end damage and damage down the side with green transfer paint.

The suspect said, “That damage is from the other crash at U.S. 1 and Division.” She said she struck a car there and pulled over and waited for a long time, but no one ever came.

The officer figured that only four minutes elapsed between the crashes, and there was no way she could have waited.

The suspect was arrested and transported to jail.

March 28

“I forgot” doesn’t work for suspect

1:47 a.m. —

West Granada Boulevard and South Yonge Street.

Fleeing Vehicle.

A police officer noticed a black Chrysler car in the left lane at a traffic light with its turn signal on, but the lane did not allow a turn. When the light turned green, the car remained stationary for about 30 seconds. The officer activated his emergency lights, and the car turned and proceeded west on West Granada Boulevard. The traffic light had a steady red left-turn arrow at that time.

The officer followed and activated his siren and the car fled at a high rate of speed. It went into oncoming traffic lanes and turned south onto Orchard Street, and then east onto Tomoka Avenue.

Near the end of Tomoka Avenue, a dead end, officers found tracks that led off the road toward railroad tracks. Later, the officers found the car crashed into a pole on South Washington Street.

A witness flagged down a police car and said two males asked him for a ride out of the area. The witness heard sirens at the time, so asked what they did, and the suspects said they did nothing, but they appeared nervous.

Shortly after, a male suspect was found walking in the area. An officer asked what he was doing, and he said he was staying at a hotel around the corner and stepped out for some fresh air. He could not remember the name or location of the hotel because he said he has mental issues that affect his memory.

The other suspect was then located in the area and detained.

The witness was transported to both locations and said the men had asked him for a ride. The first suspect admitted that the other suspect was his brother, but he said he couldn’t recall his name and only knew his nickname. He said he didn’t recall why he was in Ormond Beach and did not remember fleeing from an officer.

The suspects were arrested for loitering and prowling.

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