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Ormond Beach Observer Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019 7 months ago

Man steals rake from Ormond Beach church

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This week on Cops Corner...
by: Jarleene Almenas News Editor

Feb. 13

Bad trade

1:30 a.m. — 1500 block of North U.S. 1

Unarmed burglary. Police arrested a 25-year-old Tennessee man who stole a laptop and a pair of two-way radios from a local assisted living facility. While in police custody two days later, he indicated to officers that he "may" have sold the laptop for cocaine, recalling being upset about the "minimal amount" of drugs he received in exchange for the laptop, according to a report. The assisted living's executive director valued the laptop at $200. 

Police report that the man was seen on surveillance footage entering the assisted living facility through a side entrance primarily used by residents who step out and smoke cigarettes. He waited for someone to open the door and followed them inside, where he walked to the activity room and made himself a cup of coffee. The pair of radios were charging on top of a microwave beside the coffee pot, and police report the footage "unexpectedly skips forward several seconds." The radios are gone by the time the footage corrects itself.

He then walked down a hallway and grabbed the laptop from a service cart, passing a resident on the way out. Police report he lifted the coffee cup to his mouth as if he was trying to hide his face. 

Police found the man in a local motel. He was taken to jail.

Feb. 16

Sleepy-eyed

11:14 a.m. — first block of North Beach Street

Possession/use of narcotic paraphernalia. A local church decided against pursuing charges after a 50-year-old Jacksonville man stole one of the church's rakes.

Police report that the man was in possession of the rake, and a blue bucket, while sleeping in the grass between the sidewalk and the road. Officers tapped the man to wake him up after attempting to wake him verbally. The man told officers he was tired and needed to lay down. He then closed his eyes and went back to sleep.

Officers assisted the man to his feet and determined he was a danger to himself as he didn't know where he was, and wanted to go back to sleep next to the road. Police asked him if the rake and bucket were his, and the man said yes. The rake's handle contained the name of the church, so officers searched him due to being in possession of stolen property. 

They found a capped needle with some residue inside the blue bucket. The man claimed he had found the needle. He was arrested and taken to jail. The rake was returned to the church.

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