Property owner presses charges on former tenants after they steal appliances, cause $3,500 in water damage

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March 17

Swindler on the roof

1:05 p.m. — 900 block of Buena Vista Avenue, Ormond Beach

Fraud. An Ormond Beach resident called police after he paid a $2,500 deposit to a fraudulent roofing company. 

The resident reported that he was quoted $4,600 to repair his roof and that the individual he spoke with asked for the rest of the money before beginning the roof repair. The resident refused, and was informed that the roof would be completed by March 4, according to a police report.

It was not. In fact, the resident told police no work had ever been started, and he asked for a refund. However, each time he spoke with the roofer, he was given excuses on why he couldn't return the money. 

Police were unable to find any information showing the roofing company was a legitimate business, and that the listed address for the company was for a gas station. 

The resident wished to press charges.

March 20

Everything but the kitchen sink

11:51 a.m. — 600 block of North Nova Road, Ormond Beach

Larceny. Police responded to a local condominium after a unit owner reported a theft of all his door knobs, cabinet hardware, dishwasher, refrigerator and microwave.

The owner suspected former tenants were responsible for the crime, and told police that they had also left the water running in the unit, causing about $3,500 worth of water damage to three floors, according to a police incident report. The owner told officers staff had noticed the water was leaking the night before and turned it off, only to return the next day to see the water had been turned on, allegedly by the former tenants, as they were spotted on surveillance video leaving the property with the missing items. 


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