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Ormond Beach Observer Thursday, Jul. 17, 2014 5 years ago

COPS CORNER: Police don't buy “stolen car” excuse

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by: Wayne Grant Real Estate Editor

Also: Fancy seeing you here and parking lot squabble

July 14

Training day

12:51 a.m. — 1500 Block of North U.S. 1. False Report of a Crime and Leaving the Scene of a Crash. A Volusia County Sheriff’s deputy reported an abandoned pickup truck with front end damage at the railroad track crossing at Broadway Avenue. He said it appeared to be “clipped” by the train.

A couple of minutes later, Ormond Beach police received a call about a stolen vehicle. The caller asked police to meet him at a gas station on U.S. 1.

When police arrived, the suspect said he and his girlfriend had stopped at the gas station because the truck was overheating. They were walking to a friend’s house, but came back and saw the truck was stolen. He said his girlfriend must have dropped the keys by the truck.

The officer took the girlfriend aside and asked her if the truck was the same truck that was at the railroad track, and if her boyfriend was falsely reporting the vehicle stolen. She said yes. She said he had been drinking and driving.

The officer then told the boyfriend he believed he was lying, and the boyfriend said, “You’re right. Arrest me.”

In a post-Miranda interview, the boyfriend said he did not remember why he hit the train. He said he had “two beers,” and didn’t know why he fabricated the story.

The girlfriend said they were stopped for the train, and for an unknown reason, the suspect let his foot off the brake and drove into the side of the passing train.

The suspect was arrested and transported to Volusia County Branch Jail.

July 12

Car, or girl, trouble

10:11 p.m. — First Block of Dix Avenue. Suspicious Incident. The victim said he was in the bedroom talking on the phone with his girlfriend when he heard a noise outside his bedroom window. He went outside, and saw a car parked in the middle of the street. It appeared to be unoccupied and locked.

He was going back into the house when he saw a shadow running on the east side of the house toward the vehicle.

He yelled and went to the vehicle to confront the person. When he got to the vehicle, he saw that it was his ex-girlfriend. He asked what she was doing, and she said she was visiting a friend down the road and had car trouble. She then started the vehicle.

The victim said, “I thought you were having car trouble.” She said, “It just needed oil,” and drove away.

An officer went to the girl’s residence. Her car was warm to the touch, but she said she had been home all night.

There was no damage or footprints at the victim’s house.

July 12

Pedestrian strikes car

7:08 p.m. — 1500 Block of West Granada Boulevard. Suspicious Incident. The officer responded to a report of a disturbance in a parking lot. A woman said she was walking through the parking lot, pushing a shopping cart, when a vehicle struck her right hip. She said the driver yelled, “You’re going too slow.”

A witness said they saw the incident and the car never came close to the victim.

Surveillance video showed the vehicle did not strike the victim. The video showed that after the vehicle backed out, the victim walked backward and made contact with the vehicle.

The video was entered into evidence.

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