Two men arrested in Ormond Beach due to motorcycle theft

Cooley Buford, 29, of DeLand, and Dylan Thomas, 26, of Holly Hill, were arrested on Sauls Street on Wednesday. In the process of being apprehended, Buford, who resisted arrest, was bitten by a K-9.

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  • | 12:00 p.m. May 23, 2024
  • | Updated 9:45 a.m. May 29, 2024
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Two men suspected of stealing a motorcycle were arrested by Ormond Beach Police on Wednesday, May 22. One of them was bit by a K-9 after he fled the scene and resisted arrest, according to a press release.

OBPD reports that 29-year-old Cooley Buford, of DeLand, and 26-year-old Dylan Thomas, were confronted by officers at approximately 2:16 p.m. in a residential driveway on Sauls Street after the department received notification of the stolen motorcycle, identified by a license plate reader. While Thomas was apprehended immediately, police report, Buford fled the scene, leading the Volusia Sheriff's Office Aviation Unit and two K-9s to be dispatched.

The K-9s located Buford in a residential backyard, according to the press release. Buford refused to comply with police and a Volusia County Sheriff's Office K-9 was deployed, which then bit Buford. He sustained a laceration to his right arm and an Ormond Beach Police officer administered a tourniquet and placed him under arrest. He was transported to the hospital for treatment.

Buford faces multiple felony charges, including grand theft of a motor vehicle, occupied burglary, and resisting arrest. Thomas was arrested for possession of narcotics.

“Outstanding work by the men and women of the Ormond Beach Police Department," Ormond Beach Police Chief Jesse Godfrey stated in the press release. "Thank you to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office for their support. While incidents like this are rare in Ormond Beach, we are prepared to respond quickly and ensure the safety of our community.”

Correction: A previous version of this story reported that the K-9 that bit Cooley Buford belonged to the Ormond Beach Police Department; this was incorrect. According to Buford's arrest report, the K-9 belonged to the Volusia County Sheriff's Office.


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