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COPS CORNER: Sudsy sabotage

Also in Cops Corner: Another Grinch steals Christmas lights
by: Jonathan Simmons News Editor

Nov. 30

Sudsy sabotage

8:35 a.m. 600 block of Central Avenue. Criminal mischief: For at least the second time in a month, the fountain on Central Avenue in Central Park overflowed with bubbles after someone dumped soap into it. 

"The fountain was completely engulfed in bubbles and/or suds," a deputy wrote in a case report after the area property manager called the Sheriff's Office to report the soapy mess. "The water could not be seen due to the amount of bubbles, as they were approximately 3 feet high."

The property manager told the deputy that the soap does damage the fountain. She estimated the damage at about $250.

A local landscaping company "has to be called out to clean up the mess, and then a pool service has to be contacted to respond to clean the fountain," the deputy wrote in the report.

The property manager told the deputy the fountain had been sudsed "at least once" before. It had: The fountain was overflowing with bubbles on Nov. 10, when local officials and others arrived for a 6:30 p.m. City Council meeting at City Hall. 

The deputy noted in the case report that there were no video cameras in the area, and no suspects. 

Dec. 1

Another Grinch steals Christmas lights

9:22 a.m. First block of Wood Cedar Drive. Larceny: Someone stole Star Shower Laser lights from a local man's yard, the second time in a week such a theft has happened. (The previous incident happened Nov. 26 on Pillory Lane, where a thief stole two such lights.)

The victim, a 28-year-old man who came to the Sheriff's Office's Palm Coast precinct to report the theft, said the laser light unit had been in his front yard on Wood Cedar Drive. He told a deputy that the light disappeared sometime after 9 p.m. Nov. 30 and before 9:22 a.m. Dec. 1.

Laser light units project dots of colored light onto surfaces, and when pointed at trees and foliage, the units make them looked like they're draped in holiday lights — but save users the hassle of wrapping tree trunks and shrubs with actual strands of wires.

"There are no suspects at this time, although it is noted that it was garbage day this morning, and there are several persons that drive the neighborhood the night before garbage pickup looking for scrap," the deputy wrote in a case report. 

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