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Cops Corner
Ormond Beach Observer Tuesday, May. 9, 2017 6 months ago

Mysterious backyard landing

Also: Money exchange results in loss
by: Wayne Grant Real Estate Editor

April 23

Fly-by and brief visit

8:18 p.m. — First Block of Park Place

Information. The victim said she saw two drones fly over her house. One of the drones, which was equipped with a camera, landed in her backyard for a few minutes and then left. She called the airport to report the activity and then the police.


April 26

The money shuffle

1:26 p.m. — First Block of Fisherman’s Circle

Fraud. The victim said he had been talking to a female for two years. The female told him she was in France and needed money to get a passport to return to the USA. They made an agreement in which the suspect would wire him $7,900 and he would then send her the money. She wired the money and he then sent out $4,000 to unknown accounts per her instructions. The bank removed the $7,900 she wired because it was done with a fraudulent check. The victim said he wants to pursue charges.


April 27

Phone fraud

12:18 p.m. — 1300 Block of Wandering Oaks Drive

Fraud. The victim said she and her husband received a call from someone who claimed to be from a local cable television and Internet provider company. The caller said there were problems with her signal and email. The victims provided banking information to the caller to pay for necessary services.

At a later date, they noticed their bank statement was showing several fraudulent transactions.


April 27

‘Don’t worry, this theft’s on me’

4:54 p.m. — 1400 Block of West Granada Boulevard.

Petit Theft. Three suspects were detained for allegedly shoplifting. Also, their car was found to be stolen out of Flagler County.

One suspect said that they had stolen items at a store in Flagler County. They then drove to another store and stole more items. The manager was aware they stole the items but told them to just take the items and leave and never come back.

Then, they drove to the Ormond Beach store, and the female suspect said another suspect told her to pick out anything she wanted and not worry about it because it was a treat to her. When she went to the front door with her cart full of items, the other suspect was telling the person at the register that he did not have any money and a friend was going out to the car to get it.

At the point, police arrived on the scene. The female suspect abandoned the shopping cart which had $1,300 worth of merchandise.

All of the suspects were found to have stolen clothes on their persons. One suspect had two pairs of socks tucked in his waist band, three stolen T-shirts underneath his shirt and other merchandise. Another suspect had two stolen bathing suits under his gym shorts and two T-shirts under the T-shirt he wore into the store.

Store personnel had seen the suspects go into fitting rooms several times and called police.



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