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Ormond Beach Observer Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020 2 years ago

Fraudulent letters cause trouble

Also: Woman didn't know tenant was living there
by: Wayne Grant Real Estate Editor

Feb. 6

Phony letters

12:13 p.m. — 300 Block of South Atlantic Avenue

Fraud. The victim, a condo manager, said that a resident received a letter about a special assessment with her signature that asked for money. The victim assured the condo resident that the letter was not real and she did not send it. It was later learned that five residents had received a letter.

The victim named a suspect who lives in Jacksonville, which is where the letters were mailed. She said this suspect had made statements about making her lose her job, so she would have to return to him.

The victim said she wants to press charges. Police kept copies of the correspondence for evidence.


Feb. 8

Cat not the culprit

2:23 a.m. — 200 Block of South Center Street

Disturbance. Police arrived at a house in response to a disturbance report and heard a female yelling inside. The woman who answered the door said she had been yelling at her cat. The officer noted that she appeared to be intoxicated.

Contact was then made with a male in the residence. He claimed to be paying rent, but the woman said he had broken in and she did not know he was living there. Asked about his personal property in the room and some of his clothes in the drier, she said he must have brought it in through the window.

Neighbors said they had seen the male going in and out for a couple of months, including taking out the garbage.

The officer advised the woman that it was a landlord/tenant issue and she would have to evict him.


Feb. 12

Facebook helps police

2:56 a.m. — South Nova Road

Fleeting Vehicle. A sports bike was reported as being driven recklessly, and the responding officer saw it traveling 130 mph on LPGA Boulevard. Later, it was seen speeding eastbound on Hand Avenue. An officer caught up to the bike on South Nova Road and activated lights and siren, but the bike rider looked around at the officer and then accelerated at a high rate of speed. The officer stopped the chase.

The officer made contact with the registered owner, who said it was not stolen and a friend was using it. The officer found the friend on Facebook, and after more investigation found that there was a warrant for his address and he does not have a driver’s license.

The driver of the bike was wearing a helmet so a positive identification could not be made. The friend was listed as a suspect.






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