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Ormond Beach Observer Tuesday, Jul. 10, 2018 1 year ago

Woman arrested after she attempted to steal $600 worth of items from local supermarket

This week on Cops Corner...
by: Jarleene Almenas Associate Editor

June 27

Wrong way

2:18 a.m. — First block of Shadow Lakes Boulevard

DUI. Police arrested a 45-year-old woman for driving under the influence after she was spotted driving on the wrong side of the road. The woman turned left on North Nova Road from Granada and took all the southbound lanes up to the intersection of Shadow Lakes Boulevard, where she made a right turn crossing all lanes of traffic, police reported.

All the while, she was being followed by an officer with his emergency lights flashing. When she pulled over, the officer asked her if she knew why he had stopped her. The woman replied, "Not because I was drinking, so probably because I was swerving." She had been swerving, but the officer informed her she had been driving on the wrong side of the road as well.

The woman did not believe the officer and told him she took this route home "a hundred times a week." After the officer conducted the field sobriety exercises, he placed her under arrest. A receipt for the Iron Horse Saloon for $6.25 was found in her front left pocket. 

June 29

Sneaky laundry

6:53 p.m. — 1600 block of North U.S. 1

Grand theft. A 45-year-old woman from Kentucky was arrested after she stole a wallet from the counter of a local hotel by laying her laundry on top of it and wiggling it inside, as shown on the hotel's security footage. The woman went up to the counter to ask for change for a five-dollar bill, and when the clerk handed her the coins, the woman dropped the change. 

Police reported that this was likely an intentional distraction technique. The victim and the hotel manager had already conducted their own "investigation" prior to police arrival, reviewing the footage and tracking down the woman in the hotel room to confront her. While at first she denied stealing the wallet, even going as far as to encourage law enforcement to search her room, she eventually confessed to police.

"I'm a bad liar, aren't I?" she said to police, according to the report. The woman stole $610 in cash from the wallet and dumped it in a nearby gas station trash can. She told police it was "stupid" of her but that she was not in the right mind, having recently gone through an abusive relationship. 

She handed the money back, and the majority of the wallet's contents were found and returned to the victim. The wallet itself, however, was not found.

June 30

A not-so-crate way to steal

11:06 a.m. — 1500 block of West Granada Boulevard

Grand theft. A 36-year-old Daytona Beach woman was both arrested and issued a trespass warning for a local supermarket after she attempted to steal $654.33 worth of items by stowing them in a black bin in a shopping cart. Police reported the bin contained area rugs, curtains, clothing, food, bedding, jewelry and candles.

When confronted by the store's loss prevention officer as she was leaving, the woman said she was trying to meet her husband outside and didn't intentionally leave without paying. She didn't have any means to pay for the merchandise in her purse, police report, and her husband did not offer to pay for them either. 


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