BY THE OBSERVER STAFF
An Edgewater man was convicted on three felony charges in connection with the 2010 armed robbery of an Ormond Beach corrections officer’s home.
Lawrence Debrango, 41, was found guilty, after a two-day trial, Oct. 17, on charges of armed burglary, grand theft and dealing in stolen property. The Volusia County jury spent less than two hours deliberating.
The burglary charge, a first-degree felony, is punishable by life imprisonment. Debrango will be sentenced Nov. 28, by Circuit Judge David Walsh.
The Ormond Beach Police Department was alerted to a possible burglary at an Ormond Beach residence, Sept. 28, 2010. The Daytona Beach Police Department stopped Debrango, at the Volusia County Courthouse, after it was reported he was driving recklessly.
Debrango told police he was on his way to pick up his girlfriend from the courthouse, and the vehicle had front-end damage, which prevented him from keeping the truck on the road.
Daytona police requested identification, and according to the report, Debrango said he didn’t have any on him. Police asked if there was any in his vehicle, and Debrango immediately said he didn’t have any belongings in the vehicle, which he said belonged to his brother.
Debrango did have three credit cards in the victim’s name in his pocket, however, and Daytona police could see a large amount of jewelry and a flashlight in the vehicle.
Daytona police searched the inside of the vehicle and found a loaded, 9MM semi-automatic handgun, inside the center console, as well as several of the victim’s personal items. The victim later told police he never kept a round in the handgun’s chamber, and it must have been “racked in after it was stolen.”
A check of the victim’s name revealed an Ormond Beach address.
Ormond police arrived at the address to find the front door kicked in and the master bedroom ransacked, with the drawers from a large stand up jewelry box missing.
Assistant State Attorneys Mike Willard said, in a statement, that based on Debrango’s criminal history, he qualifies for enhanced sentencing.