Paper towel dispenser stolen at local fast food restaurant

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  • | 2:00 p.m. January 9, 2023
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Dec. 3

Dry hands, sticky fingers

7:15 p.m. — 1300 block of Hand Avenue, Ormond Beach

Vandalism. A fast-food restaurant employee was sitting in the back office, which is near the men's restroom, when he heard the paper towel dispenser being utilized. According to a police report, the machine emits a loud sound when it is dispensing paper towels.

The employee didn't pay much attention to it until he heard the sound grow louder. Deciding to go see what was going on, he started making his way to the men's restroom and just as he was about to enter, he came face to face with a white man between the age of 30-40. The man was wearing a blue hoodie and had a shaved head, and looked the employee up and down before leaving the restaurant, the employee told police.

When the employee checked the restroom, he noticed the paper towel dispenser was no longer on the wall, and that it looked like a hole had been punched through the wall. He also noted the changing station was damaged to the point one could no longer close it. 

The employee, on behalf of the restaurant chain, wished to press charges. 

Dec. 4 

Drunk dining

3:36 p.m. — First block of South Atlantic Avenue, Ormond Beach

Obtain food or lodging with intent to defraud. Police arrested a 24-year-old Ormond Beach man who "dined and dashed" from a local restaurant after ordering over $70 worth of food.

According to a police report, the man was identified by the restaurant's manager after she spotted him behind a nearby funeral home. Police approached him and the reporting officer noted the man appeared to be drunk, and, that he was "verbally abusive and not cooperative." The man was placed in handcuffs and refused to speak to police. 

A witness told police that the man had left the restaurant without paying his $71.75 bill, leaving behind a bag, hat and sunglasses. Police discovered the man had less than $5 in change in his backpack, according to the police report, as well as less than a gram of marijuana and a pipe. 

The man was taken to jail.

Hops in hand

8:09 p.m. — 200 block of East Granada Boulevard, Ormond Beach

Larceny. A retail pharmacy store manager called police after an unknown white man in his 50s stole a four-pack of beer valued at $5.99.

The manager told police that the man had come in with a black bag and approached the beer coolers, and that when he walked away, the bag "appeared fuller," according to a police report. The man, who had left the store, was spotted by police nearby carrying the pack of beer. He denied stealing the beer, and claimed he "just had them."

The beer was returned to the store and no charges were filed. Police gave the man a courtesy ride to the city limits, according to the report. 

Jan. 2

Live in Daytona Beach

8:11 p.m. — 900 block of South Ridgewood Avenue, Daytona Beach

Discharge firearm in public. A man was walking on the sidewalk while filming himself live on social media when he heard someone walk up behind him. It was a woman, the man noted, and she was talking to herself. 

The man told her he couldn't understand what she was saying, later telling police that it was "gibberish," according to a police report. The woman, a 42-year-old Ormond Beach resident, was walking at a faster pace and he let her pass him on the sidewalk before resuming his livestream. 

Suddenly, the man saw her stop directly in front of a local motel and pull out a firearm. She fired a single round, according to the report. The man didn't see her point the gun in any particular direction, and he didn't see anyone else around. 

The woman then fled east across South Ridgewood Avenue and entered a black pickup truck before the vehicle drove off. He showed police footage of the woman shooting the firearm.

Police spotted the pickup truck in a neighboring city and conducted a stop. Officers discovered the woman was a convicted felon and found a gun in her purse. 

She was taken to jail. 


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