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Ormond Beach Observer Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022 1 week ago

Edgewater man arrested after he stole cell phone, tried to steal elderly woman's car

This week in Cops Corner...
by: Jarleene Almenas Associate Editor

Jan. 1

Hats off

6:17 p.m. — 700 block of West Granada Boulevard

Petit theft. Police arrested a 36-year-old Holly Hill woman after she stole a hat from a local retail pharmacy, a crime that occurred less than 15 minutes after she had spoken to officers regarding a battery incident for which she declined to press charges.

According to her arrest report, the store's surveillance video showed the woman trying on hats before proceeding to put a hat under the one she was already wearing before exiting the store. Police, since they already knew the woman's identity, checked her criminal history and discovered she had four prior theft convictions dating back to 2009.  

Police attempted to contact the woman but were unable to initially locate her; However, the woman later called back and agreed to meet with police. Once at the meeting point, she was placed in handcuffs, and without being questioned about the theft, stated that she had not stolen a hat, the report states. 

She was taken to jail. 

Jan. 2

From bad to worse

4:20 p.m. — First block of Kenilworth Avenue

Robbery with weapon. A 34-year-old Edgewater man was arrested for stealing a delivery driver's cell phone after he brandished a knife, according to police.

The delivery driver told officers that he had just finished a delivery when he saw the man in a white sedan driving in his direction, coming to a stop partially in front of his van. The man then exited his vehicle and asked to use the driver's phone. When the driver declined, the man opened the van's door and continued to demand the phone with a knife in his hand. The driver complied, and the man drove off. 

About 10 minutes later, the man approached a 91-year-old Ormond Beach resident who had opened her garage door to take her garbage out. According to a second arrest report, the man pulled a handful of money out of his pocket and said, "I'll give you all this money if you let me park this car in front of the house, and I promise I'll come back and get it."

The woman told the man to get off her property and started to go inside her opened garage, at which point the man ran behind her and tried to steal her car, which was in her garage. The woman began yelling for help and told the man her neighbor was a police officer, causing the man to run back to his own vehicle and drove away. 

Several law enforcement units responded to the area in search of the man and his vehicle, and he was eventually located. A pursuit ensued and the man was later detained. The man suffered a bite from a K-9 and was tasered during the process to detain him. On his person, police found a knife and brass knuckles. 

He was taken to the hospital to be treated for the dog bite before he was taken to jail. 

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