Vandals set fire to school dumpster

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  • | 2:30 p.m. December 15, 2020
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Nov. 15

Road rage

1:04 p.m. — Intersection of North Yonge Street and West Granada Boulevard

Disturbance. A 65-year-old Daytona man and a 48-year-old Ormond Beach man got into a heated verbal argument on the road, and as a result, the Daytona man began to follow the Ormond man and told police that he was going to run him over.

The Daytona man told police that he was stopped at a red light when the Ormond man got off his motorcycle and approached him, yelling through the open vehicle window to the point spit landed in the Daytona man's face, according to the police incident report. The Ormond man then went back to his bike, got into the lane beside the Daytona man's car and punched his mirror. 

The Ormond man told police that the Daytona man was following him too closely through several stoplights. He tried to signal this issue, but was unsuccessful. He said that the Daytona man pulled up next to his land, cursed him out and threw out several racial slurs. The Ormond man is hispanic. Afterward is when the Ormond man said he confronted the Daytona man, but he denied spitting in his face or punching his vehicle. He did say, however, that he spit on his car. 

No arrests were made.

Nov. 18

Caught red-handed

12:21 p.m. — 300 block of West Granada Boulevard

Robbery. While grocery shopping, an Ormond Beach elderly woman had her wallet stolen by another woman whom she encountered in the store's cookie aisle. 

According to a police report, the suspect began to push up against the elderly woman multiple times in the aisle. The victim had her handbag hanging from the handle bars of her shopping cart, and suddenly noticed the suspect had her hand in her bag. The suspect said she was "zipping it up" for her, and when the elderly woman grabbed it, the suspect fled the store. That's when she realized her wallet, with her driver's license and $50 in cash, was gone.

The victim was able to cancel her cards and the only attempted transaction totaled $1. She told police she wished to press charges. 

Nov. 20

Dumpster fire

9:34 a.m. — 100 block of Domicilio Avenue

Vandalism. A local school's dumpster was set on fire early in the morning, launching the campus adviser into action to put it out. When one of the assistant principals arrived at the scene, the dumpster was still smoldering and had to be hosed down. 

The sides of the dumpster were charred, according to the police incident report, and the led was melted and the inside contents burned. While searching the dumpster, a burnt skillet was found. Video footage from the school showed two adults approached the dumpster, possibly through a cut section of the fence, and ignite the fire. They continued walking the campus "while searching for opportunities to commit crimes," the report states.

The dumpster is valued at $800. 


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