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Man arrested for grand theft told police he 'fibbed because he was scared'

This week on Cops Corner...
by: Alyssa Warner Staff Writer

March 30

The nose knows

2:05 a.m. — 1000 block of Dunlawton Avenue 

Drugs. A 37-year-old man was pulled over after an officer driving behind his vehicle could smell marijuana from approximately 20 feet away, according to a police report.

Once the man had been pulled over, the officer saw a cannabis cigar on the floorboard. While the officer spoke with him, the man dumped the ashtray on the floor outside the open driver side door. After the man was asked to exit his car, the officer saw a small piece of "white rock substance" stuck to the cigar, which resulted positive for cocaine.

Several more pieces of this "white rock substance" were found where the man had dumped out the ashtray, which also tested positive for cocaine. Oxycodone traces were also discovered in the car.

The man denied possession of the cocaine and continuously changed his story about the cannabis belonging to him, police report. He was arrested and taken to jail, though was not charged with having Oxycodone, because it was far from him in the car.

April 1

It's called 'borrowing'

3:23 p.m. — 4000 block of South Peninsula Drive

Grand Theft. A 26-year-old was charged with stealing a car and a cell phone after he spent the night at an acquaintance's house. The victim told police when he woke up the next morning, he noticed his keys and iPhone 7 were missing.

When the reporting officer made contact with the 26-year-old man at his job, he told the officer he had been drinking at a bar in Daytona Beach Shores when he met the victim and their friend. He went back to their house to spend the night, according to the report. 

The 26-year-old said he heard the two were trying to blame him for the theft, and that his fingerprints would be in the car that was the vehicle they took to leave the bar. He said his fingerprints were on the steering wheel because he held it while the victim lit up a cigarette that night.

When the reporting officer told the 26-year-old he was on his way to where the stolen vehicle had been located, the young man changed his story and said he borrowed the car while the victim was asleep and drove it to a local apartment building. He said the car broke down so he left it on the side of the road and denied any knowledge of the cell phone.

The 26-year-old said "he fibbed because he was sacred," according to the report.  

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