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Jan. 31

Honest to a fault

11:47 p.m., 6100 block of Mahogany Boulevard, Bunnell

Drug and drug paraphernalia possession. A Flagler County Sheriff’s Office deputy was on patrol when he passed by the community center at Hidden Trails Park.

He spotted movement by the front doors and, pulling his car around the building, found a man sitting on a slide in the playground, charging his phone at a nearby outlet. The deputy approached the man and told him the park was closed after 11 p.m., according to the report. 

The man told the deputy, unprompted, that he would be going to jail in a few days anyway for failing a drug test, violating his parole. He opened his backpack and pushed it toward the deputy, the report said, allowing the deputy to search it.

In the backpack, and on a duffel bag on the man’s nearby bike, the deputy found several used, burnt glass smoking pipes, a small jar the man admitted to storing meth in and around forty pills of various prescription drugs.

The man admitted to owning all the illegal items in the bag, the report said; He also admitted to using drugs a few days prior. He was arrested and taken to jail.

Jan. 25

Dude, where’s my car?

8:53 a.m., County Road 330 East, Bunnell

Grand theft auto. A car taken to an auto shop for repair is now missing and been reported stolen.

The car’s owner and his daughter reported the vehicle stolen after they went to retrieve the car’s license plate from the auto shop, only to be told that the car had been towed from the property.

The car was taken to the auto shop in November after it broke down when the engine overheated. The woman reporting the missing car and her father, who owns the car, went to retrieve the license plate to drop the car’s insurance in early January, the report said.

When they called the auto shop’s owner, they were told the car was gone, though neither had received any information from the shop that the vehicle was taken, the report said. The two told deputies that they believed the vehicle was sold without their permission.

The woman told deputies her father owned the vehicle outright, with no lien, the report said.

The auto shop owner later told the deputy the car was removed by an independently owned company around Christmas but didn’t know what company it was and did not have any cameras. After a search, the car was not found at any local towing companies.


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