This week in Cops Corner...
3:59 p.m. — 1500 block of West Granada Boulevard
Petit theft. A 26-year-old man was issued a notice to appear after a loss prevention associate for a local supermarket watched him "skip scan" 21 items at a self-checkout register. The total cost of the items skipped was $86.84, police reported.
Among the items was a 240-pack of diapers, a container of sour cream, cubed ham and one pack of grilled chicken strips. He told police he didn't intentionally skip the items while checking out, explaining that he was "dealing with his children crying" and that it must have not noticed.
Police determined via video surveillance that this was not true, and that the man did intentionally skip the items.
7:30 a.m. — 700 block of Alcazar Avenue
Loitering or prowling. Police arrested a man and woman who rigged a garden hose to a city water line after responding to call about unknown persons living inside a vacant home. The man explained to police that he was paying rent to a "Mrs. Patterson" in exchange for cleaning the house. Police reported that according to the county's property appraisers website, no "Mrs. Patterson" owned the property.
The man could not give officers any contact info for "Mrs. Patterson," but he did tell them he removes dead rats from the house and has found "crazy stuff." He didn't explain this statement further, police reported. According to police, throughout the investigation, the man continued to ask for the keys to house, as if he planned to return there after being released from jail.
The pair were trespassed and were taken to jail shortly afterward. The water line had to repaired by the city.
Fast and furious
7:56 p.m. — Intersection of West Granada Boulevard and North Yonge Street
Attempting to elude. A 30-year-old Ormond Beach man made police from two agencies chase him across the city, and once arrested, police report he began to brag about it. He reportedly asked officers "How was my driving?" and "Would you say I did pretty good?" as well as telling them that fleeing was exciting. He also asked how he could get a copy of the dash camera footage.
Police spotted the man driving his motorcycle at a high-speed while weaving in between vehicles in the 200 block of East Granada Boulevard. Multiple attempts to initiate a traffic stop were ignored. In one instance, the man cut through grass in front of a local business to escape law enforcement.
When finally apprehended, he asked if he had hurt anyone. Police report the man said his headlight had gone out and that he was sorry for making the officers chase him. He later advised that he was a meth user and was "coming down."
The man told police that he had not slept in three days and that "this all did not even seem real." He was taken to jail.