Woman described as having 'skunk-like' hair suspected of keying a car

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Feb. 1

Quite the fright

4:47 p.m. — 100 block of West Granada Boulevard, Ormond Beach

Larceny. A 58-year-old woman from Lauderdale-by-the-Sea called police after eating at a local restaurant to report her 6-year-old Elf Sphynx cat, named "Boo," was missing. 

The woman was asked to come to the station, and once there, told police her cat had been stolen from her car while she was eating lunch, a police report states. She said the cat's carrier was empty when she returned, though her second cat was still in its carrier. The woman explained she had checked on the cats once while having lunch, but couldn't remember if she had locked the doors afterward. 

Boo, the woman said, is valued at $2,000.

While police were investigating the theft, an officer was informed by a staff member of the restaurant that Boo had been found. Boo had been hiding underneath a seat in the car the entire time. 

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. 

Feb. 8

Accurate descriptions

5 p.m. — 100 block of South Atlantic Avenue, Ormond Beach

Criminal mischief. A tourist staying in a local hotel noticed someone had keyed the side of her car. 

She notified police, and while speaking to an officer, two witnesses approached and reported they had seen the person who had keyed her car. The witnesses said that they had seen a woman — which they described as having the hair color of a "skunk," according to a police report — dancing around on the patio of her room. They suspected the woman was drunk.

They then said they watched as she jumped over a small fence, picked up a rock and used it to scratch the tourist's car. 

Police spoke with the hotel's staff asking for their help in identifying the woman with dark hair on the sides of her head, and white hair on top. The staff told the reporting officer they knew exactly who they were talking about, "as she had been causing problems at the hotel," the report states. 

Police located the woman, a 51-year-old from Gainesville, at a local bank. She denied damaging the tourist's car, but refused to sign a written statement. A photo lineup was created to confirm the woman as a suspect, but by that time, the witnesses had left town. 


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