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Ormond Beach Observer Tuesday, Mar. 5, 2019 2 weeks ago

Two men arrested for stealing railroad tracks in Ormond Beach

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by: Jarleene Almenas News Editor

Feb. 22

At a crossroads

3:31 p.m. — Intersection of North Tymber Creek and Pineland Trail

Grand theft. Police arrested two men who sold about 2,500 pounds of railroad tracks to a Bunnell metal scrap yard. They received a total of $60 for the tracks, and came back for more when police confronted them. The men were in the process of loading five more tracks into their truck, which were valued at $1,290. 

According to a report, police received an anonymous tip that two men were stealing railroad tracks in Broadway Avenue. An officer spotted the men walking from a large pile of railroad tracks on the side of Tymber Creek Road, in an area with a "No Trespassing" sign. When police arrived, the men had loaded 51 feet and 6 inches of track onto their truck.

One of the men told police that he had come to the location before and encountered a railroad worker who told him he could cut pieces of tracks, police report. The railroad company said this was false. The man told officers that he wanted the metal to build a playhouse for his child, and had never scrapped tracks. The second man later told police his scrapping buddy was friends with the owner of the Bunnell metal scrap yard.

The second man said they used the money for narcotics and cigarettes. Both men were taken to jail.

Feb. 26

Only in the movies

8 p.m. — 200 block of Williamson Boulevard

Disorderly intoxication. A 53-year-old transient man was kicked out of the local movie theater after causing a disturbance during a movie, cursing his dislike for one of the films being screened. The movie theater manager escorted him outside, where they were met by police.

According to the report, the man was "extremely loud and was disturbing customers who wished to watch a movie in peace." The officer reported that as he approached, the man stood up and tried to hug him. While in the officer's presence, the man yelled at a group of three customers, who left the theater before walking up to the counter. 

Police arrested him and found a half-empty bottle of vodka in his pocket. An officer poured out the vodka and threw away the man's lighter. The man was taken to jail.

Feb. 28

It's called 'borrowing'

6 a.m. — 300 block of West Granada Boulevard

Grand theft. A 56-year-old transient man was arrested after he stole a motorized shopping cart from a local grocery store, police report. An officer approached him in the 100 block of North Orchard Street, and the man told him "I was taking it back. I was just borrowing it."

A grocery store representative told police that the shopping car was valued at $1,200 and that the store would like to press charges. The man was trespassed from the store and will not be allowed to return for a year. He was taken to jail and the shopping cart was returned.

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