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Palm Coast man breaks into car to smoke cigarettes

Also in Cops: Palm Coast man steals pizza, frozen yogurt from gas station.

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May 10

'Hangry' crimes

9:26 p.m. — 6200 block of State Road 100, Palm Coast

Shoplifting. A Palm Coast man was arrested after he stole two pieces of pizza and a frozen yogurt from a gas station.

The stolen food totaled $8.98, according to a the suspect's arrest report. The suspect initially told a Sheriff's Office deputy he only had one bite of a pizza because he did not have the money to pay for it at the time, but promised the clerk he would return with the money. 

The store clerk who called law enforcement said the man had taken three items and, when told he needed to pay for the food, the suspect then threatened to fight the employee, the arrest report said.

The suspect was arrested and trespassed from the gas station. When told he was trespassed, the suspect said he would return to the gas station and "defecate on the property" once he was released.

May 11

Smoking break-in

1:25 a.m. — 100 block of Brittany Lane, Palm Coast

Burglary. A Palm Coast man was caught breaking into vehicles in a neighborhood and, in one car, allegedly decided to take a smoke break. 

Another resident on the street called the Sheriff's Office when his doorbell Ring camera alerted him to movement in his driveway, according to an arrest report. The camera caught the suspect attempting to enter a car in the driveway. 

After the suspect left and deputies were called, the man then drove around the neighborhood looking for the suspect. That's when he saw the suspect leaving a neighbor's driveway, the report said.

Deputies found the man as he was walking and smoking a cigarette and detained him, interviewing the first victim and waking up the homeowner at the the second house. The second homeowner showed deputies her car, where they found cigarette ash on the drivers seat. 

The homeowner said no one had ever smoked in the car before. The suspect was arrested on two counts of attempted burglary.


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