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Man steals $481 in merchandise from hardware store, changes shirt in parking lot, steals more

Also in Cops: Man trespassed from two gas stations in one night, hides in bathroom stall from officers.

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April 10

Second helpings

6:06 p.m. — first block of Garden Street, Palm Coast

Shoplifting. A Palm Coast man stole twice from the same store, in the same day, changing his shirt in between thefts to disguise himself.

The suspect walked into a home improvement store through the garden station and loaded up a cart with $481 worth of merchandise, an arrest report said. He then walked back into the garden section and began pulling multiple plastic bags from the store out of his pocket, loading the unpaid-for items into the bags and then leaving the store.

A loss prevention officer called the Sheriff's Office, watching the suspect load the stolen items into his truck. He then watched the suspect go back inside the store, wearing a different shirt, and steal another $800 of merchandise, the report said.

The loss prevention officer detained the suspect until a deputy arrived. When the deputy did arrive, the suspect admitted that he stole the items and that it was done "out of stupidity."

April 8

Double trouble

2:14 a.m. — 6100 block of State Road 100, Flagler County

Trespass. A Palm Coast man attempted to hide in a bathroom stall after trespassing at two separate gas stations he had already been trespassed from.

Sheriff's Office deputies received a call about a man trespassing at a gas station while they were out on patrol, according to an arrest report. The suspect had been trespassed from the gas station in October.

By the time the two deputies arrived at the gas station, the suspect had left, but the deputies received another call about the same suspect trespassing at another, nearby gas station. The suspect had also been trespassed from that store in April 2023. 

When the deputies arrived at the new store, the suspect was hiding in the bathroom stall. The deputies paced him under arrest and took him to jail.  


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