2 a.m. — 1500 block of North U.S. 1, Ormond Beach
Petit theft. Police arrested a 55-year-old Daytona Beach man who damaged a Reese's candy display and stole $45 worth of the Peanut Butter Cups from a local dollar store.
Officers responded to a burglary alarm in the early hours of the morning and arrived at the store to see that the entrance was wide open, according to a police report. After clearing the building and finding no one inside, police noticed that the Reese's display was knocked over and a shopping cart was wedged between the doors of the cigarette case behind the register.
Police reviewed surveillance footage that showed the man who was later arrested using the bottom of a shopping cart to pry open the doors of the store. Once inside, he tried to open the cigarette case with several items — the cart, an umbrella, a balloon grabber — but was unsuccessful.
As his consolation prize, he stole candy from the shelves near the register, plus the entire display case of Reese's Peanut Butter Cups.
A store employee recognized the man as one of the transients who lives in the nearby woods, so police checked the area and followed "a trail of Reese's candy" to a homeless camp, according to the report. While the camp was empty, police did find the display case with some candy still inside.
The man was found by police two days later. He told officers he didn't remember burglarizing the store, as he had been "very high and intoxicated."
Keyed for conflict
12:22 p.m. — 1500 block of West Granada Boulevard, Ormond Beach
Vandalism. A 76-year-old Daytona Beach resident called police from the parking lot of a local big box store after he noticed his car had been keyed.
The resident told police that when he first parked, a man in his 40s approached him and said the resident had almost hit him with his car, according to a police report. The resident told officers that he was confused as to what the man was talking about, as he hadn't noticed any "near misses." He said that he and the man verbally disagreed over the matter, but that no foul language or threats were spoken.
However, when he got back to his car after shopping, he noticed his car had been keyed on the passenger side doors. Police spoke with store employees to review security camera footage, but they said they didn't have cameras in the area where the incident occurred.
The resident wished to pursue charges if a suspect was located.