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Ormond Beach Observer Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019 1 year ago

Woman scams Ormond restaurant out of almost $3,000

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

Jan. 20

Tipping point

7:34 p.m. — 200 block of North U.S. 1

Grand theft. Police arrested a 54-year-old DeLand overly-generous tipper after she scammed a local restaurant out of almost $3,000 by placing food orders over the phone by credit card and adding $100-$200 for tips with the condition she receive half of the gratuity back in cash. The woman placed 12 fraudulent orders and attempted one more over the course of one month. 

Police report that the woman said that a man named "Shane" had been contacting her and telling her to do the frauds. Afterward, she meets someone at a gas station. She said she didn't receive compensation at that time, and that "Shane" was supposed to pay her $400. 

However, police found a police report from a different agency that showed the woman had done this in a different city, and had gotten paid. She was taken to jail.

Man to man

8:20 p.m. — 1500 block of San Marco Drive

Battery touch. An Ormond Beach father-son duo's verbal argument over the son's choice of girlfriend came to blows as both began swinging at each other with their hands. Meanwhile, a neighbor spotted the altercation through her peep hole and decided to call police.

Police report that once officers made it to the scene, the father told them that his son had slapped him across the face. His son had a different story — he said "no one got hit, we were just grappling." The son had blood coming out of his nose, but police determined it was the result of a nose bleed unrelated to the fight.

Based on his father's statement, and a scratch on his face (his son had long fingernails, police noted) his son was taken to jail. 

Jan. 22

'I need a ride'

6:18 p.m. — 1000 block of N. Beach St. 

Burglary of a dwelling. A 57-year-old transient woman was arrested after she walked inside an off-duty Ormond police officer's open garage. When the officer asked her to leave, she asked him for a ride to Daytona Beach.

Police report that the officer was alerted to the woman's presence by a neighbor who saw her walking up his driveway. The officer then went to open the door leading to his garage, but said he felt resistance. Once opened, he saw the woman standing by the control panel as they garage door closed. 

The officer confirmed he didn't know the woman. After being arrested, the woman denied knowing anything about the incident. 


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