Police find Santeria shrine consisting of a dead chicken in Ormond Beach

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Dec. 4

Rush job

2:24 p.m. — 1500 block of West Granada Boulevard, Ormond Beach

Petit theft. A 43-year-old woman and 46-year-old man, both of Ormond Beach, were arrested after they tried to steal about $180 worth of merchandise from a big box store. When asked by police why they did it, the man said he "thought he could get away with it."

The store's loss prevention employees told police that the pair attempted to walk out of the store without properly scanning all of their items, according to a police report. The reporting officer asked the pair if they had enough money to pay for the unscanned items, and the man said they did. Why didn't they pay for them? The man claimed he had been rushing because he was late for work, the report states.

The store wished to press charges. The man was arrested and taken to jail, and the woman released with a notice to appear in court.

Dec. 9

That's fowl

9:03 a.m. — Intersection fo Division Avenue and South Orchard Street, Ormond Beach

Suspicious incident. Police were notified that a bowl containing a "decapitated chicken carcass" was left at the above mentioned intersection.

According to an incident report, a tea candle had been placed on top of the carcass, found by officers at the northeast corner of the intersection. Officers reported that it appeared to be a Santería shrine. Santería originates in Cuba and is a mix of Catholic practices and African folk beliefs.

Officers took photos of the shrine before disposing of the chicken carcass and the bowl.

Playground vandalized

5:37 p.m. — 300 block of Sanchez Avenue, Ormond Beach

Vandalism. An Ormond Beach woman took her children to a local park and soon discovered "derogatory and demonic" writing on the playground equipment.

The woman took photos of the writing before trying to wipe it off with baby wipes, according to a police incident report. About 45 minutes later, she saw four teen boys arrive at the playground, one of whom approached one of her sons and asked him to go down the slide with him. The woman said no.

The other teen boys, she told police, were standing by the bathrooms telling their friends, "Let's go before she takes our picture," according to the report. The boys then left and the woman called police to report the vandalism on the playground. 

Officers noted in their report that the vandalism appeared to be done by marker on the equipment. The boys' bathroom was vandalized with spray painted graffiti.


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