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March 13

He made a mountain of a mole hill

3:09 p.m., Garden Street North, Palm Coast

Fail to redeliver leased property. A Pennsylvania man was arrested after failing to return a rented dump trailer to a local hardware store.

The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office became involved on March 13 when the local store, located off Boulder Rock Drive, decided to press charges two months after the man was supposed to return the trailer, on Jan. 20, according to the man’s arrest report.

Coincidentally, the man, 43, was arrested that afternoon when he returned to the store to speak to employees at the rental counter. The dump trailer was found that day as well, at the dead end of Pirate Nation Way, his arrest report said.

The rental contract was sent to collections, and the man was charged two late return charges of over $500. He is also facing a felony charge.

March 14

Man tracks stolen phone to fast-food restaurant

4:03 p.m., 100 block of Flagler Plaza Drive, Palm Coast

Grand theft. A man was arrested by Flagler County Sheriff’s Office deputies after he stole a phone from a smoke shop.

The man went into the store asking about the price of different items, and when he left, the store owner realized that his iPhone 12, which had been sitting on the counter, was missing, according to the suspect’s arrest report. The phone was priced at around $1,200 in value.

The owner immediately called his wife, who tracked the phone’s GPS to a nearby fast-food restaurant. 

The owner went there and confronted the thief, who took the phone out of his pocket and handed it back.

When FCSO deputies arrived at the restaurant, the suspect told the deputy he’d thought the phone was his. But a pat down revealed that the suspect’s own phone was in his coat’s right pocket. Surveillance footage from the store showed the man taking the phone from the counter before leaving, the report said.

He was charged with grand theft and taken to the county jail.


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