COPS CORNER: Not quite out of Dodge

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Feb. 10

Not quite out of Dodge

4:57 a.m. 1300 block of Palm Coast Parkway S.W. Car burglary. A 49-year-old man left his 2005 Dodge Caravan unlocked outside a local coffee shop overnight, and went out to it at about 4:30 a.m. and discovered that someone had stolen $400 cash and four credit cards.

A store manager gave a deputy a copy of the store’s surveillance video, which showed a man in a gray hoodie, blue jeans and a baseball cap enter the Dodge through the driver’s side door at about 12:40 a.m., then get out of the car and walk south through the parking lot.

A deputy recognized the thief, a 20-year-old, from “previous encounters,” according to a Sheriff’s Office incident report.

Deputies arrested the thief, who had two of the victim’s credit cards, and charged him with burglary and grand theft.

Deputies discover theft before victims

8:29 a.m. 32 Riverview Drive. Found property. A woman called the Sheriff’s Office and said she’d found a stranger’s possessions in her backyard.

A deputy drove to the house, and she handed over the found items, one of which had a name on it. The deputy drove to the home of the 24-year-old woman whose name was on the property.

The deputy asked the woman to check her car and see if anything was stolen, and when the woman did, she told deputies that someone had stolen her wallet, which had about $85 cash in it, along with credit and debt cards and her driver’s license.

She told the deputy she’d left the car in her driveway Feb. 8 and hadn’t returned to it until the deputy contacted her.

She didn’t know who might have broken into the car, but said it had happened before.

A deputy gave the woman a case card and left, but a couple of hours later, the woman called the Sheriff’s Office again and said that her boyfriend’s car had been broken into as well.

He had left the car unlocked, and a thief stole his wallet with cards and about $100 cash.

Theft at a car shop

6:24 p.m. First block of Smokehouse Place. Car burglary. A young couple called deputies and said someone had stolen items from their car when they’d left it at a car shop in the 1000 block of Palm Coast Parkway.

The 21-year-old man said he’d left his girlfriend’s Jeep Grand Cherokee at the shop at about 1 p.m. Feb. 7 for an inspection.

When he got it back at about 3 p.m., several items that had been left in the center console were stolen, including a $100 10k white gold solitaire diamond ring, a $300 iPod touch, a small LED Maglite flashlight and a USB cell phone charger.

The man said he spoke to the store manager, who said there was nothing he could do except contact a district manager.

The man told deputies he knew which employees had had contact with the Jeep.

A district manager told him there were no security cameras, and the store could not go through its employees’ pockets or toolboxes.


The man told deputies he didn’t have serial numbers for the stolen items. He gave deputies a photo of the ring.




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