This week in Cops Corner...
4:13 p.m. — 1100 block of West Granada Boulevard
Burglary. A local pastor called police to report his church had been burglarized by the same person over a two-night period. The suspect helped himself to food and a cup of coffee.
Police reviewed video surveillance and saw the same man walking through the main halls while hugging the wall to avoid turning on the automatic lights. The reporting officer suspected the man was also trying to avoid getting spotted by the security cameras.
Though the pastor declined to press charges for burglary, he did ask the man be trespassed if identified.
5:51 p.m. — First block of Old Macon Drive
Suspicious incident. An Ormond Beach man reported his cast iron gate stolen, an item he said was a priceless heirloom that had been passed down from family. He then estimated the "priceless" item's value at $5,000.
However, police questioned whether the gate had really been stolen. The man told the reporting officer that there had been a prior incident six months ago regarding the gate, saying that a neighbor removed it and threw it in the back of a truck. Police spoke to a neighbor who said he hadn't seen the gate in several months, and that six months ago, the man placed the gate on another resident's property, who promptly returned it.
The neighbor told police the man owes monthly assessments to the HOA.
11:34 a.m. — First block of Division Ave.
Larceny. An Ormond Beach resident's sword went missing after he threw a party at his house, according to police. The man kept the sword under his bed, and had plans to send it to his son.
He told police he suspected the sword was stolen by an "uninvited guest," and gave police the person's name. He wishes to pursue charges.