Store clerk pepper-sprays man who tried to steal bottle of wine

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July 12

On the defense

6:07 p.m. — 1400 block of West Granada Blvd., Ormond Beach

Petit theft. Police arrested a 52-year-old DeBary man who, while attempting to steal a bottle of wine, was pepper-sprayed by the liquor store clerk. 

The clerk told police that the man had come into the store earlier that day and tried to steal a bottle of vodka, according to a police report. 

During the later incident, after the man walked out of the store with the wine, she followed him to try to get the wine back. 

But the man “turned around aggressively,” and the store clerk thought he was trying to strike her, so she sprayed him with pepper spray, she told police.

Police found the man lying on the ground in a nearby parking lot. 

He was detained and treated for pepper spray exposure before being taken to the hospital, then to jail.

The store clerk retrieved the wine bottle and told police she wanted to pursue charges for the theft and assault, according to the police report.

July 13


12:05 p.m. — First block of North Yonge Street, Ormond Beach

Vandalism. A trailer park property manager called police after she noticed that a deadbolt on one of the trailers had been damaged.

The property manager told police that one of the trailer’s windows had also been broken by a piece of coral rock, according to a police report.

None of the nearby residents saw anything or anyone suspicious near the trailer. 

The property manager said the park had had a dispute with a former renter, but that she didn’t have proof that he’d caused the damage. 

She said she wanted to pursue charges if a suspect is identified.


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