Deputies arresting man for theft find pot in his pocket
1:14 p.m. First block of Bradmore Lane. Theft: A woman called the Sheriff's Office and said an employee had stolen from her, and that she wanted a deputy to charge the man with theft and stand by while she fired him, according to a Sheriff's Office report. The employee, a 33-year-old Palm Coast resident, was working at an address on Elk River Drive. A deputy who stopped the employee found a glass pipe and a baggie of what looked like pot in the man's pocket. The deputy arrested the man and wrote in the report that the man had stolen three power drills from the woman, worth over $300 altogether, and then pawned them.
Charitable act backfires
3:24 a.m. 500 block of State Road 100. Grand theft auto: A deputy saw a silver Saturn turn in to a gas station on State Road 100 in Bunnell, and ran its tag number. It had been reported stolen, according to a Sheriff's Office report. The deputy detained the 26-year-old driver and a passenger, then had another deputy check with the woman who'd reported the car stolen. She said she'd loaned it to a man — whose first name was that of the man deputies caught driving the car — who told her he needed to use it to visit his grandma, and agreed to return it in an hour and a half or so. That had been two months ago. He never returned it, though he did call her once to tell her the car had been in an accident and would cost about $700 to fix. The man told the deputy he was just borrowing it. A deputy wrote in the report that the car smelled of pot and that deputies found prescription drugs without a prescription, and a white powder that tested as cocaine, inside the car. The driver also had a suspended license. Deputies arrested the driver for grand theft auto, habitual driving on a suspended license and various drug charges. They did not arrest the passenger, who said he knew nothing about the drugs in the car.