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Ormond Beach Observer Saturday, Jul. 12, 2014 4 years ago

COPS CORNER: Workers help themselves to city water

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by: Wayne Grant Real Estate Editor

Also: Hit and run driver caught and backpacker packs merchandise

July 8

Excuse doesn’t hold water

9:49 p.m. — 200 Block of North Nova Road. Suspicious Incident. A witness reported that two men were filling up water tanks from a fire hydrant behind a restaurant in a shopping plaza.

Upon arrival, the officer made contact with the suspects as they were pressure washing a dumpster. They had a truck labeled with a company name and pressure washing equipment in the back. They said their boss told them they were allowed to use any water access on the property. They were contracted to wash sidewalks, roadways and anything the property manager wanted washed.

On the phone, the boss confirmed what the men said. He said they have a wrench to open up the fire hydrants and have been “doing this for years.” He said it was approved through the property manager.

The officer contacted the fire department, and was told that a box is provided to companies that want to use fire hydrants. The box tabulates the water usage so that the business can be charged for water used. The pressure washing company did not have this box.

The officer told the boss he may be committing theft, and the boss said he would contact the city utilities department the next day.

July 7

Hit and run and arrest

8:39 p.m. — 2000 Block of West Granada Boulevard. Attempt to Elude and Leaving the Scene of a Crash. The officer heard over the radio that there was a car crash at the corner of West Granada Boulevard and Tymber Creek Road. The caller, who was in a car that had been rear-ended, said he heard the occupants of the car say “let’s go,” as they were attempting to pull away. He had the license number of the car.

As the officers approached, they saw the suspect’s car, a convertible Oldsmobile, pull around the victim’s car and go west on Granada Boulevard. There were two men and a woman in the car. As the police tried to initiate a traffic stop, the driver tapped the brakes, and then increased speed to about 80 mph. The police stopped the pursuit and issued a “be on the lookout.”

Later, an officer located the vehicle at the address where it was registered, an apartment complex. There were three people standing around the car and they were detained.

The officers brought the victim to the apartment and he identified the driver in the hit and run. The driver was arrested for attempting to elude a law enforcement officer, and was cited for careless driving and leaving the scene of a crash. The report said he was “extremely belligerent.”

In a post-Miranda interview, the driver was asked why he didn’t stop, and he said, “because I was (expletive) up.” Later, he said, “I didn’t injure nobody. Everybody’s fine.”

July 7

Going backpacking

3:59 p.m. — 600 Block of South Atlantic Avenue. Shoplifting. The victim at the store said that a female and a male entered. She tried to keep an eye on the male, because he was wearing an empty backpack.

She said the female began asking strange questions at the counter, and she lost sight of the male. When she saw the male again, the backpack was full. She asked him to show what was in his backpack, but he refused and left the store.

The victim got the license plate number, so police have the name and address of a suspect. There was no video of the incident.

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