This week in Cops Corner...
Hitching a ride
8:31 p.m. — 1300 block of West Granada Boulevard
Information. A 30-year-old Ormond Beach woman was lined up in her vehicle in the drive-thru lane of a local dining establishment, about to pay for her food, when she noticed a man walk past her car near the window.
According to the incident report, the woman rolled up her window out of caution. Soon thereafter, she received her food and was about to drive away, when the same man stepped in front of her car. The woman told police the man stared at her for a minute and began to reach down as if to unbuckle his belt. She looked away, and when she looked back, the man was no longer there. She could not be sure if the man did anything in her presence.
Police found the man in a nearby parking lot. He told officers he was walking to Daytona, and after a records check concluded he had no warrants or trespass warnings, police gave him a ride to Clyde Morris Boulevard and LPGA Boulevard.
10:05 a.m. — 2000 block of West Granada Boulevard
Vandalism. A Christian preschool was vandalized with vulgar language and "miscellaneous doodles," a crime that the director of the school told police could have happened anytime during a span of four days.
The incident report states multiple picnic tables, signs and walls were spray-painted with phrases including "hi" and "smoke break." The director told police their cameras in this area had been out of battery for a while and would not be helpful. She suspected "neighborhood juveniles" were the culprits, and said the church did not wish to press charges.
10:47 p.m. — First block of Thompson Creek Road
Criminal mischief. Police arrested a 55-year-old Ormond Beach man who caused over $1,000 in damage to garage bay doors at a local business.
The man was seen on surveillance video walking to a locked privacy fence, where he pulled a fence post away from the building to enter the area. Police note that the fencing is approximately 8 feet tall and that it was clearly marked with "No Trespassing" signs. The damage to the garage bay door appears to be caused by someone trying to pry it open, according to the police report.
The man told police that he went through the fenced area to access a dumpster after his car broke down. He said the fence post was already pulled away from the building and that he thought there were woods on the other side of the fence, and that when he realized this was not accurate, he turned around and left.
He denied attempting to open the garage bay doors, but he was still taken to jail.