This week in Cops Corner...
Running in circles
6:30 a.m. — Intersection of Rocky Ridge Trail and Stonehaven Trail
Loitering or prowling. A 40-year-old Port Orange man was arrested after he was seen walking through an off-duty police officer's backyard.
The officer's wife had gone outside to let the dogs out when she spotted the man and told her husband. He shined a flashlight on the man, who then took off running, according to the police report.
Due to the street being a cul-de-sac, the officer went out to the front of the street and intercepted the man. The reporting officer soon arrived at the scene and detained the man, who said he was running from a nearby 7-Eleven after an employee caught him rummaging through the dumpster.
He then said he was running because he was "trying to get to work," the report states, and then said he was looking for a walking trail.
Police found a duffle bag tucked under a nearby tree, close to where the man exited out onto the cul-de-sac. The man it was his, and police found prescription opioid medication. He was taken to jail.
7:12 a.m. — Beach near 100 block of South Street
Drugs. Police arrested a 36-year-old Ormond Beach man who was holding a hammer and striking the side of a beach wall with a group of others south of the Harvey approach in Daytona Beach. When the man saw beach patrol approach, he fled on his bike.
One of the man's companions was detained by beach patrol, and said they had been trying to get some AirPods that one of them dropped in a crack near the wall.
Beach patrol called for police backup, and the man was eventually detained. He was still holding a hammer. During a search of his person, police found narcotic paraphernalia and heroin.