Man seeking place to sleep for the night trespassed from local church

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Feb. 19

Speak for yourself

7:27 p.m. — 1500 block of West Granada Boulevard, Ormond Beach

Petit theft. A big box store employee watched a man and a woman skip-scanning items at a self-checkout station. When she approached them, the man left and the woman, a 28-year-old from Daytona Beach, refused to go into the store's loss prevention office, according to a police report. Officers soon arrived and placed her in handcuffs.

When officers read the woman her Miranda Rights, she told them she didn't understand at first. Upon a second reading, she said she understood and agreed to speak with police, the report states. 

She said she had paid for everything, but admitted to needing assistance from an employee when an item didn't scan. The store employee produced an itemized receipt and video footage showing the items that were skip-scanned. When asked about her companion's whereabouts, the woman said, "I don't know, I can't speak for someone else." 

She was taken to jail.

Feb. 22

Seeking shelter

7:51 p.m. — 1400 block of Hand Avenue, Ormond Beach

Trespassing. Police responded to a local church after an employee reported a man sleeping on the property.

The employee told the reporting officer that the 59-year-old transient had been previously issued a trespass warning and that he wished for him to be arrested. The man, according to a police report, was laying on a blanket near the east entrance of the church property. He told police that's where he had slept for the night because "he knew churches were a safe space," the report stated.

The officer asked the man if he knew he had been issued a trespass warning; the man said he had been asked to leave once recently, but that he didn't know he had been trespassed. He advised police he has been homeless since his home recently burned down.

Because the man was receiving mail at his mother's home, he was issued a notice to appear in court instead of being arrested.


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