Police arrest man, woman doing drugs in local parking lot

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July 31

Foiled plans

7:39 p.m. — 1500 block of West Granada Boulevard, Ormond Beach

Possession of drugs. Police arrested a 52-year-old Ormond Beach man and a 36-year-old South Daytona woman after employees at a big box store reported that the pair were "snorting cocaine and cooking drugs in foil" in the parking lot, according to a police report.

The pair were inside a van and let arriving officers search it. The officers found drug residue and paraphernalia. 

The man and the woman admitted to using cocaine, but denied that the paraphernalia was theirs, according to the police report. The woman said the items belonged to her sister, who later showed up at the scene and told police the items were not hers. 

Aug. 1

Puppy problem

8:30 a.m. — First block of Mayfield Circle, Ormond Beach

Theft. An Ormond Beach resident was scammed out of $2,410 — and it all started with a puppy.

The resident was trying to buy a beagle puppy from a breeder, who at first told him to send $910 through a digital money transfer service, according to a police report. 

About two weeks later, the alleged shipping company contacted the resident and said it needed a $1,500 "special crate" for the puppy and would refund the money upon delivery. Again, the resident sent the money.

The next day, he received a text stating that his puppy was stuck in quarantine in Charlotte, and telling him to pay $1,200 for "dog insurance," according to the report. 

He replied that he couldn't afford that. The scammer messaged back, saying that paperwork showed the resident as the dog's rightful owner, and that if he didn't pay, authorities would confiscate the puppy and sue the resident for pet abandonment.

The resident's wife called the airport in Charlotte and spoke to airline representatives, who said there was no puppy in quarantine.

The resident told officers that he wants to pursue charges.


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