Flagler County Sheriff's Office deputies in the Problem Area Crime Enforcement (PACE) Unit used surveillance footage to catch a man who stole a wallet from a car on Veranda Way in Palm Coast on March 21, according to a Sheriff's Office news release.
“Good police work and technology came together to solve this crime,” Sheriff Rick Staly said, according to the news release. “This is a guy who doesn’t think he has to work and will just steal to get whatever he wants. Thanks to some great investigative work by our deputies, and surveillance footage, we were able to return the stolen property back to the victim and get more poison off of our streets. This is exactly why we created the PACE Unit.”
The victim of the theft told deputies that his credit card company, Discover, had notified him that someone was using his card after the theft to make suspicious transactions at Walmart and a RaceTrac convenience store, and trying to use the card at local banks for cash advances, which were declined.
On March 24, deputies got surveillance footage from the local Walmart that showed a man using the victim's credit card for two separate purchases — one totaling $216.57 and the other totaling $191.08, according to the news release.
RaceTrac video surveillance showed the same man using the victim's card.
PACE Unit members found a new-looking tent in a transient camp the next day near the I-95 off-ramp, and showed people there photos of the suspect. They identified him as James Holloway, 28, and deputies found him soon after and confirmed his identity by his driver's license, according to the news release.
When deputies searched his backpack, they found a wallet with five of the victim's credit cards, along with items Holloway had purchased with the cards, including a machete and a slingshot. He also had a stun gun, two glass pipes and methamphetamine, according to an arrest report.
Deputies arrested him.