This week in Cops Corner...
'Stop painting over art'
8:21 — 400 block of North Nova Road
Vandalism. A city employee called police for the documentation of graffiti, found at the racketball courts of a local park.
This was not the first time this had taken place. The previous day, police were called to document the exact same graffiti on a concrete wall: "3D-type 'S' letters," the word "sex" and right beside it, the statement, "Stop painting over art," according to the incident report. Another statement, this one crudely denouncing racism and including an anti-police slur, was also found at the scene in black marker.
The city estimated the damage to be $100.
8:50 a.m. — 1500 block of North U.S. 1
Larceny. A 66-year-old Mims man told police that, while giving away groceries to people he described as "zombies from a cult religion," an unknown man stole his BB gun, a watch and a golden chalice.
According to the police report, the man met the suspect after he parked his RV in an abandoned lot. The suspect offered to wash his RV and the man accepted. As they began talking, the man offered the suspect some groceries to take home, as he claimed he was living in an abandoned building. The suspect told him he could bring the food to a church to give away, and gave him directions to a local hotel.
The man called the people "zombies" because the hairs on his arms raised up "due to a religious gift his mother gave him," the police report states. As he was distributing groceries, he believes the suspect entered his RV and stole his belongings.
While he waited for police to respond, he walked to the abandoned building where he believed the suspect was living and collected random items to hold as ransom until his belongings were returned. Police told him he couldn't do that, and then the man said he wished to pursue criminal charges.
The reporting officer determined homeless people had been living inside the building, and returned the basket of items, which included feminine hygiene products, clothing and random papers.
3:33 p.m. — 1600 block of North U.S. 1
Possession of fentanyl. Police arrested a 36-year-old man for being in possession of less than a gram of fentanyl, a substance the man claimed to not know about. He told police that he bought it from a friend to ease his back pain.
The man was residing in a local motel, and police were called to his room in reference to a warrant attempt. The man had an open warrant out of Flagler County. He was taken to jail.