COPS CORNER: Rise, shine and take a BB to the gut

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Saturday, Feb. 15

BB gun bull's-eye baloney

12:09 a.m. First block of La Mancha Drive. Assault.
An unexpected knock on the door or ringing of a doorbell often brings a surprise, and for a Palm Coast man early Saturday morning, it was a painful one: The man went to the door and was shot in the stomach with a BB gun pellet when he opened it.

He called the Sheriff’s Office, telling deputies that he thought whoever fired the pellet did it from across the street.

A deputy was speaking with him when another call came in: another L-section resident had been awoken by a ringing doorbell, answered the door and was shot at with a BB gun. The second victim wasn’t hit by the pellet, which entered his home.

The deputy advised other law enforcement officers to be on the lookout for anyone walking in the area.

A deputy patrolling with a police dog found three kids — a Sheriff’s Office report notes that they were under 18 — in a nearby wooded lot.

One had a camouflage-colored Daisy BB gun, according to the report. The deputy took it as evidence and read the kids their Miranda rights.

They were released to the custody of a parent whose home they’d been staying at for a sleep-over.

A deputy filled out a juvenile charging affidavit for assault and battery, and submitted it to the State Attorney’s Office.

Sunday, Feb. 16

Keep the car warm for me

7:12 a.m. First block of Plainview Drive, Palm Coast. Stolen vehicle.
A deputy drove out to Plainview Drive in Palm Coast after a caller reported a stolen 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix.

The caller said she started the car — which belonged to another woman staying in the house — at about 7:08 a.m. and left it running in the driveway to warm up as she went inside for a few minutes. She came out at about 7:12, and it was gone.

The caller and the car’s owner filled out affidavits, and deputies entered the car’s information into a law enforcement information database.

Nice car; I'll take it

7:08 a.m. First block of Treetop Circle, Ormond Beach. Stolen vehicle.
A man called the Sheriff’s Office to report that his sister’s 1999 Volkswagen Jetta, which he had borrowed, was stolen from his driveway after he left the keys in the ignition and his wallet in the car.

He told deputies the car was stolen at some point between 1 a.m., when he’d taken his dog out for a walk and noted the car still in the driveway, and 6:30 a.m., when he walked the dog again and realized the car was gone.

He called his sister to see if she’d had anyone come and take it, and she said she had not.

The deputy noted the Volkswagen’s information and completed a stolen vehicle affidavit.



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