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Man arrested on drug charges after digging for bike parts in dumpster

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

March 16

Recycling

11:55 p.m. — First block of South Yonge Street

Drugs. Police arrested a 57-year-old man who was found digging in a dumpster behind a local bicycle shop, telling officers he and his friend were looking for parts to repair their own bikes.

According to his arrest report, the reporting officer heard yelling between two men from the back door of the police department. Upon spotting them, he advised the men they were on private property. The officer asked them for their names and discovered that the man had been trespassed from the same location in February.

While under arrest for trespassing, police found marijuana, methamphetamine and fentanyl in a plastic bag in the man's pocket. He was taken to jail. 

March 18

Passed out at the wheel

4:43 a.m. — 200 block of Neptune Avenue

DUI. A 25-year-old Ormond Beach woman was arrested after police found her unconscious in the driver's seat of her vehicle.

Police report the woman had one leg out the open driver's side door and vomit on her person, the door jam and on the roadway. She was slouched down with the vehicle still running. There were two open containers of beer in the center console and a bowl pope with a substance that appeared to be marijuana, according to the police report. 

The reporting officer was able to wake her up, noting she had slurred speech, "glossed-over eyes" and a slow reaction time. She agreed to perform field sobriety exercises, all of which she failed. She was taken to jail.

Don't fall for this scam

5:35 p.m. — 200 block of Cuadro Place

Fraud. An 84-year-old Ormond Beach woman was scammed out of about $70,000 by an unknown person who told her she had won a "Home Care Grant."

The woman told police that the person told her not to disclose this information to the public due to scams, and advised that for her to receive the grant, she was required to send money through gift cards, bitcoin and cash cards. Each time she was supposed to receive the grant dollars, she told police an "unforeseen" incident would happen, such as the money getting confiscated by the department after a postal service driver was involved in a car crash or in another "incident", that it was confiscated by the IRS after the agency stopped the postal service truck.

Both times she was told to send more money, according to the police report. In addition, the person told the woman that the next time her money was sent out, "the truck would be accompanied by guards."

Photos of the receipts and messages were submitted to the department for evidence. 

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