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Cops Corner
Ormond Beach Observer Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018 11 months ago

Keep an eye on your i-Phone

Also: Customer helps himself.
by: Wayne Grant Real Estate Editor

Jan. 18

Victim tracks down phone

6:17 p.m. — First Block of Magnolia Avenue

Grand Theft. The victim said someone stole his i-Phone X from the locker room at the YMCA while he was in the shower. He had left it wrapped in a towel on a bench.

Using “Find my Phone” app on a friend’s phone, he tracked his phone to a car parked on Magnolia Avenue. Calling his number, he saw his phone illuminate on the seat of the car.

The car owner, attending a nearby event, approached his car when he saw police. He said he was in the locker room, sat by the towel while changing and then took the towel by accident. He said he heard the phone ringing when he arrived at the event so he took it out of his gym bag, planning to return it later.

The officer placed the suspect under arrest after noting that he did not make an attempt to find the owner and did not have the towel, which contradicted his story.

The phone was valued at $1,000.


Jan. 22

Customer helps self to phone

1:38 p.m. — 400 Block of West Granada Boulevard

Larceny. The retail store manager said her phone was taken from the counter while she was helping a customer check out. Security footage showed three males enter the store. While one suspect made a purchase, another suspect leaned against the counter. The footage showed the suspect reach over and take the phone from the counter. The suspects left in a Cadillac Escalade.


Jan. 27

Missing boat missing motor

8:07 a.m. — 900 Block of South Beach Street

Larceny. The victim said his boat motor was stolen at some time over a one-week period. The boat had broken loose from his dock during a recent storm and then landed downstream. He had been trying to move the boat from the location, but a towing company wanted $4,000 and the boat is only worth $800.

The 6 HP motor was valued at $450. The officer conducted a database search of pawn shops with no results.


Jan. 30

Someday your prints will come

12:22 p.m. — 1300 Block of West Granada Boulevard

Larceny. The store employee saw the suspect place a nail gun in a shopping cart. The suspect then walked to the rear of the store, took the nail gun out of the box, and placed it in a tool bag that was part of the nail gun kit. After passing all points of sale, the suspect ran after being confronted.

A police officer processed the nail gun box for prints and obtained elimination prints from employees who had touched the box. A photo of the suspect from security footage was sent out with an “attempt to identify” bulletin.


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