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Ormond Beach Observer Tuesday, Sep. 24, 2019 9 months ago

Man stealing copper wire from business tells police he was actually fishing

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by: Jarleene Almenas Associate Editor

Sept. 10

Gone fishing

1 p.m. ⁠— 1200 block of North U.S. 1

Grand theft. When committing a crime, just go fish. That was one 51-year-old Daytona Beach man's cover story when police approached him while investigating a call over a couple men stealing copper wires from a local business.

Police report that the business employee spotted the men just beyond the fence taking the wires, and that he ran up to them. The employee was able to catch the Daytona man, but his copper-stealing friend got away. He was later located and arrested.

The Daytona man told police he was in the woods looking for a fishing pond, and that his friend had picked up the copper from the ground when the employee yelled at them. Police searched the area where the Daytona man said his fishing equipment was, and found a tackle box and fishing pole. There was also several spools of copper, police reported. This led to a check of the traail which revealed more spools, all which was valued at $750. 

The man was arrested and taken to jail.

Sept. 11

No smoking

4 p.m. — 100 block of North Nova Road

Disorderly intoxication.  A 65-year-old man was arrested after throwing a lighter at a police officer, hitting his eyeglasses, after officers responded to a gas station convenience store following a call about a drunk person.

The man told officers he was waiting for a cab to pick him up and take him to a hotel, and provided one of the officers with a credit card to prove he could pay, according to his arrest report. The officers waited for the cab with him, and as they were doing so, the man pulled out a cigarette and lighter.  

Because they were in a gas station, the officers told him not to light the cigarette. He was also sitting next to a cage full of propane tanks. The man refused to listen, police report and started to ignite the lighter. The officers reached for the lighter, and the man pulled it away from their reach before throwing it at one of the officers. 

The man was taken to jail.

Sept. 12

Bad day times three

5:50 p.m. — Intersection of North Beach Street and Lincoln Avenue

DUI. A 41-year-old Ormond Beach man caused a three-car crash while drunk driving, and one of the other drivers told police that after the man exited his car, the man began throwing alcohol bottles out of his vehicle and said he had a bad day. He also apologized and said he was drunk.

Police spoke to the man, noticing that he had difficulties while standing, as he was swaying back and forth. The man denied drinking to the officer, and asked for a lawyer when the officer asked him if he had been driving his car at the time of the crash. Questioning stopped at that point, according to his arrest report.

The man failed his field sobriety tests and was arrested before taken to jail. 

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