A Year in Review: The Best Cops Corners of 2023

Crime in a small town can get interesting. Here are the most noteworthy Cops Corner entries of the year.

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Jan. 9

Unholy theft

5:11 p.m. — 600 block of South Nova Road, Ormond Beach

Burglary. A local church employee called police after three containers of holy oil were stolen.

According to a police report, the employee told the reporting officer that the oils were taken from a cabinet near the altar, and that she didn't know exactly when the items were taken, but that they were first noticed missing on Dec. 30. The officer tried to find fingerprints, but was unsuccessful. The employee suspected the culprit was the same person who left a drug pipe on the altar during a previous incident. 

Feb. 7

Saucy drama

12:30 p.m. — First block of Bella Vita Way, Ormond Beach

Vandalism. The president of a local homeowners association reported a crime of pungent proportions.

He told police that, sometime within a five-day period, someone had entered the men's restroom by the community's pool and sprayed mustard on the floor, walls, ceilings and fixtures, according to a police report. No permanent damage was done, but the HOA president estimated pressure washing the restroom would cost the HOA between $100 and $200. The HOA wish to press charges if a suspect is identified. 

The HOA president suspected a resident of the neighborhood was responsible for the incident, "due to being a common nuisance since moving into the area," according to the police report. 

April 21

Gummies on the mind

5:53 p.m. — Intersection of West Granada Boulevard and North Orchard Street, Ormond Beach

DUI. A crash between a car and a public bus resulted in the arrest of one man who, according to a police report, ate one too many THC gummies.

Police responded to the scene of the crash where the bus driver reported he had been stopped when the car hit the bus at a "relatively low rate of speed." There were no injuries.

According to a police report, officers soon discovered that the driver of the car, a 65-year-old man from Ohio, was diabetic. Police found multiple needles inside the car and when paramedics found the man's blood sugar was dangerously high. His passenger, was also reported to be going in and out of consciousness, though she wasn't diabetic herself. Both were taken to the hospital.

Once there, the man agreed to speak with the reporting officer and said that he had gone to a marijuana dispensary the day before and bought a pack of THC gummies. Both he and his passenger tried them, and because he didn't "feel anything at first," he took more before he and his passenger left the hotel to get pizza.

He ate a total of four THC gummies.

A search of his passenger's personal items turned up a small foil wrapper full of cocaine, which the man admitted they both used in addition to the THC gummies. 

He was taken to jail.

Aug. 15

Bear-y different

12:09 p.m. — 100 block of Midway Avenue, Ormond Beach

Animal bite. An Ormond Beach woman called police to report a bear had bitten off her dog's nose.

Yes, a bear. 

The woman told police that the "bear" had run up a tree in her backyard after the incident, according to a police report. Her dog ran underneath the foundation of her home. 

When the reporting officer arrived, he discovered that the "bear" was actually a large raccoon. The raccoon was lying on a branch about 40 feet up in a tree, and remained there for the entire time police were at the scene.

The dog, which is vaccinated against rabies, suffered bite marks and scratches on her snout and her paws.

Police placed a trap for the raccoon at the base of the tree, but it was still empty the next day and the raccoon had left. 

Sept. 19

Putrid pickup

7:24 a.m. — First block of Brookwood Court, Ormond Beach

Suspicious vehicle. A police officer found rotting deer carcasses in the bed of a pickup truck after a resident complained of a bad smell coming from the vehicle.

The truck had been parked in front of the resident's home for about 24 hours, and the resident had not seen anyone entering or exiting the truck during that time, according to a police report. The officer tried to contact the truck's registered owner, but was unsuccessful.

Because the truck was also blocking traffic, police towed the vehicle.

Nov. 20

Candy trail

2 a.m. — 1500 block of North U.S. 1, Ormond Beach

Petit theft. Police arrested a 55-year-old Daytona Beach man who damaged a Reese's candy display and stole $45 worth of the Peanut Butter Cups from a local dollar store.

Officers responded to a burglary alarm in the early hours of the morning and arrived at the store to see that the entrance was wide open, according to a police report. After clearing the building and finding no one inside, police noticed that the Reese's display was knocked over and a shopping cart was wedged between the doors of the cigarette case behind the register. 

Police reviewed surveillance footage that showed the man who was later arrested using the bottom of a shopping cart to pry open the doors of the store. Once inside, he tried to open the cigarette case with several items — the cart, an umbrella, a balloon grabber — but was unsuccessful. 

As his consolation prize, he stole candy from the shelves near the register, plus the entire display case of Reese's Peanut Butter Cups.

A store employee recognized the man as one of the transients who lives in the nearby woods, so police checked the area and followed "a trail of Reese's candy" to a homeless camp, according to the report. While the camp was empty, police did find the display case with some candy still inside. 

The man was found by police two days later. He told officers he didn't remember burglarizing the store, as he had been "very high and intoxicated."


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