Ormond Beach woman arrested for arson after burning $300 Bob Marley poster

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Sept. 4

Cost of inquiring

2:43 p.m. — First block of South Beach Street, Ormond Beach

Non-reportable offense. A 47-year-old Ormond Beach man received a threatening message from an escort site owner after he contacted about 30 women to inquire about their availability.

The man told police he was feeling lonely as he hadn't seen his girlfriend for about six months, which led him contacting the women, according to a police report. However, he told police didn't pursue any further conversations or speak with anyone over the phone. 

The text message he received said that the man had wasted the women's time and that he would be fined, the report details. The text from the escort site owner said he wanted to come to an agreement "without any bloodshed." 

The man wished police to document the incident. 

Sept. 5

On-street parking 

11:51 a.m. — 100 block of Ponce De Leon Drive, Ormond Beach

Recovered stolen vehicle. A 62-year-old Ormond Beach woman saw an unidentified man drive a teal motor scooter by her house. She watched him park the scooter and walk away from it, never to return, according to a police report.

Thinking it was odd, she called police who discovered the scooter had been stolen three days prior in Daytona Beach. Police attempted to find the suspect but he was never found. 

The owner of the scooter was at work. The scooter was towed at her request. 

Sept. 6

This poster's on fire

4:01 a.m. — 600 block of South Atlantic Avenue, Ormond Beach

Arson. Police arrested a 56-year-old Ormond Beach woman who lit a local restaurant's Bob Marley poster on fire.

The restaurant's manager informed police that their surveillance footage showed a woman walking up to the poster with something lit on fire in her hands, according to a police report. She lit the poster on fire at several spots until the whole poster caught on fire, leaving behind burn marks on the wall and the wood frame that surrounded it. 

The woman was found walking northbound on South Atlantic Avenue the next day and when the reporting officer began speaking with her about the incident at the restaurant, the woman apologized and said she hadn't meant to light the poster on fire. The woman said she would pay the restaurant back and asked the officer to apologize on her behalf.

The restaurant's manager estimated the poster to cost about $300. The frame was valued at $100 and the damage to the wall was estimated at $200. 

She was taken to jail.


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