Volusia County Beach Patrol officer arrested in Ormond Beach car burglary
A Volusia County Beach Patrol officer was arrested and placed on administrative leave after he was caught rummaging inside a woman's SUV in the parking lot of Pirana Grille on Thursday, June 5.
Anthony Contino, 31, was seen approaching the victim's vehicle at around 10:22 p.m., restaurant surveillance shows. Police report that the vehicle's rear lift gate had opened accidentally less than 15 minutes earlier. Contino did not take anything initially, going inside the bar for a bit before returning about 19 minutes later and removing a beach umbrella from the victim's car and placing it into the bed of his truck.
Police tracked down Contino at his brother's residence after receiving his phone number from his girlfriend. The report states that Contino sounded worried over the phone and asked what was the nature of the visit and phone call, "as he is a law enforcement officer and did not want to be involved in any reports, as it affected him more than 'regular people.'"
Contino would later admit to all the events during an interview at the Ormond Beach Police Department. The beach umbrella, valued at $20, and $142 in cash was recovered. Contino was charged with burglary of conveyance and petit theft of the first degree.