Canadian man visiting for Bike Week breaks into Ormond home thinking it was his AirBnB

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  • | 3:00 p.m. March 6, 2023
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March 2

Playing games

8:30 p.m. — 1000 block of North U.S. 1, Ormond Beach

Dealing in stolen property. A 28-year-old Ormond Beach man is facing felony charges after he swindled a Palm Coast resident out of a gaming console, according to a police report.

The Palm Coast resident was selling his Xbox and a video game on Facebook Marketplace when he was contacted by the Ormond Beach man, according to the report. The two agreed to meet up at a local gas station for the purchase, and after the exchange, the Ormond man drove away. The Palm Coast resident then noticed that the dollar bills he had received read, “For motion picture use only.” 

A day prior, according to the report, another police officer had responded to a similar scenario at another local gas station, where a person was paid in counterfeit bills for a Playstation. The description of the suspect was similar, and police soon determined the man’s identity.

Officers responded to the man’s home, and the man claimed at first not to know the money had been counterfeit, but later admitted that he’d bought it online. He said he would return the gaming consoles to their owners. However, he had already sold them to a friend, who said he would work to get them back. The man was taken to jail.

March 3

Drinking and driving

7:36 p.m. — Intersection of Mcalister Drive and Sylvania Place, Ormond Beach

DUI. Residents called police after a sedan drove through their neighborhood and ended up partially in someone’s yard.

When the reporting officer arrived, the car was still running, according to a police report. 

The officer spoke with its driver, a 52-year-old Ormond Beach man who “had a very slow reactionary time and delayed responses” and struggled to lower the window on his car, according to the report. The man smelled of alcohol. 

The officer asked for his driver’s license, and the man gave him his debit card. As the officer asked him questions, the man said he wanted to go to sleep and asked for a break: He thought he was at home, the report notes.

He refused to perform field sobriety exercises and was taken to jail.

March 4

Wrong house

3:30 a.m. — First block of Harvard Drive, Ormond Beach

Trespassing. Imagine having a random person try to barge into your home. That’s precisely what one Ormond Beach woman encountered.

The 74-year-old woman told police that she had run out of her home after someone began banging on her front door and windows in an attempt to enter her home. She fled to her neighbor’s house and asked them to call 911.

When police arrived, an officer entered her home and found a 27-year-old Canadian man passed out in the woman’s bed. The officer tried to wake him up several times before he was successful. The man was highly intoxicated, according to a police report. 

Police discovered that the man was in the area for Bike Week and was staying at an AirBnB. He had been out drinking and took a taxi back to where he believed his vacation rental was located, and  didn’t realize he had entered the wrong house. 

The woman wanted to pursue charges, and the man was taken to jail.


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