West Virginia man charged for unarmed burglary after he tried to steal a forklift

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  • | 2:00 p.m. January 24, 2023
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Jan. 14

Where there's smoke...

5:42 p.m. — 200 block of Ocean Shore Boulevard, Ormond Beach

Trespassing. Police arrested a 66-year-old Daytona Beach Shores man who was seen by a neighbor entering a vacant oceanfront home.

According to a police report, the neighbor watched as the man walked up to the home from the beach, and then saw that smoke was coming from the property. When police arrived at the home, they found the man on the second floor. A fireplace had been lit and then put out by the fire department. 

While the man initially said he wished to speak to an attorney, he later changed his mind and told police of his trespassing that "it was an honest mistake." The reporting officer notes the property has multiple "no trespassing" signs on each side of the home. 

He was taken to jail.

Jan. 18

Poor decisions

3:01 p.m. — First block of South Beach Street, Ormond Beach

Unarmed burglary. Police responded to a local park after a man was seen entering a forklift and trying to get it running.

The man was seen entering the forklift and getting out several times, as well as removing a traffic safety vest from the seat and putting it in his own car, a police report states. When confronted by a police officer, the man tried to put the safety vest back.

The officer asked him why he took it in the first place. The man, a 66 year old from West Virginia, said he had made a "poor decision." The reporting officer asked him for the key to the forklift, which he knew the man had; the man said he as going to turn it in to a second police officer on the scene.

As he was being transported to jail, the man made multiple threats over a span of two hours to harm and kill the officer's family.