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Ormond Beach Observer Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021 1 week ago

Ormond man reports vehicle as stolen, calls back when friend returns it

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by: Jarleene Almenas Associate Editor

Dec. 13, 2020

Nightmare before Christmas 

6:54 p.m. — 100 block of Rio Pinar Drive

Larceny. An Ormond Beach woman called police after she noticed someone had beheaded her inflatable Santa Claus.

Police report the woman went to plug in the Christmas decoration when she noticed its head was missing. She advised police that she had a Ring doorbell, but that it did not capture anything of note. No other decorations were harmed. The woman told police she wished to press charges if a suspect was located.

Dec. 27, 2020

Late night visitor

1:21 a.m. — 100 block of West Granada Boulevard

Suspicious incident. A 62-year-old Ormond Beach man was getting ready for bed when he heard someone banging on his front door. As he went to answer it, the man told police it sounded like someone was pulling on the door handle, and he began yelling.

Once he opened the door he saw a man running away from his residence and he gave chase. However, he lost him, and returned back home to call 911. While on the phone, he spotted a man who looked very similar to the suspect that was at his door. He asked if he had just tried to break into the house, and the suspect said, "It wasn't me, I'm sorry." 

The man noted the suspect smelled like alcohol and was slurring his words. He also had a cut above his eye and was bleeding, according to the police report. By the time law enforcement arrived, the suspect was gone. The man told police he didn't want to press charges.

Dec. 28, 2020

Jokes on you

7:34 a.m. — 200 block of Ponce De Leon Drive

Recovered stolen vehicle. Shortly after calling police to report his vehicle as stolen, a 52-year-old man reached out again and said his car had been returned by a "buddy."

Police report that the man said a friend had taken his car to play a joke on him after becoming upset when the man went to a woman's house after a gathering. His friend thought it would be funny, according to the police report. He did not tell police his friend's name and declined to pursue charges.

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