This week in Cops Corner...
Biting the hand that feeds you
11:46 p.m. — 1500 block of West Granada Boulevard
Grand theft. Police arrested a 39-year-old Palm Coast man who was believed to have stolen over $1,600 from a local supermarket while employed as a manager.
The store's loss prevention officer reported that the manager had made cash withdrawals on five different occasions under the disguise of "customer satisfaction" dating back to October, according to a police report. The store's loss prevention officer discovered the transfers after the manager added $100 to his travel voucher in a cash transfer. He continued to monitor the manager from then on.
On Dec. 10, the manager returned $500 of the previously stolen cash. When police approached him a few days later, he said he had made some "bad judgment decisions" and removed money for his personal gain.
He was arrested and taken to jail.
9:01 p.m. — First block of South Yonge Street
Possession of cocaine. A 38-year-old Daytona Beach man, who had already been asked to leave the store and returned for a second time, told the owner that he was looking for a tire gauge to smoke crack out of as he knocked items off the shelf.
Police later found the man near the police department. An officer reported he saw the man throw a pack of cigarettes near the bushes as they approached him. The man told police a bus driver had dropped him off at the wrong stop and he was trying to get back to Daytona. Because officers noticed the man kept placing his hands in his pockets, they asked if they could search them.
The man allowed this and police found two lighters. And the cigarette pack he had thrown away? It had cocaine.
The man was arrested.
Another man's trash...
2:03 p.m. —700 block of South Nova Road
Larceny. A local store owner asked for a transient woman to be trespassed from his business after she stole his garbage can and a stool.
Police report that security camera footage shows the woman approaching the front of the store while riding a bike. She grabbed the garbage can, valued at $50, and took off. The store owner said she also took a stool that was in the back of the business earlier in the month. He did not wish to pursue charges for the theft.