Nasir Clark, a 19-year-old homeless man, and a 15-year-old resident of Big Bear Lane in Palm Coast were arrested Monday in connection with a string of burglaries, one of them occurring the day Sheriff Rick Staly was sworn in.
That burglary took place at 64 Fleming Court. Another had taken place at 216 Birchwood Drive in Palm Coast on Dec. 31. Detectives and deputies recovered numerous items from both burglaries, leading Staly to hold a news conference to show the recovered items and pledge that arrests would follow.
Clark is accused of stealing and X-box game console, sneakers and a purse. A deputy spotted him–or, what at the time was a man concealing his face and walking in the area of the Flagler County Public Library–Monday at 4 p.m. The deputy hid his patrol car and followed the man to see where he was going. When he saw him walk into the woods, the deputy brought his car closer and eventually apprehended Clark. Details of the arrest were censored from the arrest report.
Clark faces a second-degree felony burglary charge and a third-degree grand theft charge. He does not have a prior arrest record. He remains at the Flagler County jail today on $27,500 bond. (His address on the jail’s website is listed as 37 Royal Leaf Lane in Palm Coast.)
The younger defendant, who just turned 15, is charged with possession of a short barreled shotgun or machine gun (juveniles may not possess firearms), burglary while armed, grand theft, possession of a firearm by a minor, possession of pot with intent to sell, giving a false name upon being arrested and driving without a driver’s license. He was turned over to the Division of Youth Services in Daytona Beach.
The recovered property, displayed at Staly’s news conference, includes the following and may be tied to other burglaries:
A Mac 10-style handgun with eight live rounds;
A .25-caliber Phoenix Arms semi-automatic handgun;
A pellet rifle;
A BB-style handgun;
A Barnett Jackal Crossbow;
Various 9mm ammunition with live rounds;
Several baggies of marijuana;
An Xbox video game, controller and headphones;
Jewelry, handbags and an iPhone 6.
This investigation is continuing. Anyone with information about either of these burglaries, or any crime that may have occurred in Flagler County, is asked to call the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office at (386) 313-4911. Or to remain anonymous, call Crimestoppers of Northeast Florida at 1-888-277-2477. You may be eligible for a reward up to $1,000.
Great police work! Thank you, Sheriff Staly and deputies!
Give them no breaks. Lock them up and throw away the key. History shows they don’t get better over time. Lock them up and throw away the key so the rest of us can live a peaceful life here!
Simply cut off one of their finger, then everyone will know who the thieves are in the community. Stealing from hard working people is a horrible crime, invading someone else private property.
Sweep the Woods says
I would like to see the new Sheriff conduct a sweep of the undeveloped wooded area across from the Wendys restaurant on Palm Coast Parkway, extending from the daycare center parking lot to the Bridgehaven cross street between east and westbound Palm Coast Parkway. All one must do is follow the trail of empty beer, wine and liquor bottles, old mattresses, etc from the trail directly across from Wendys into the forest to find the den of iniquity, the Palm Coast homeless camp. From the pan handler begging daily at the entrance to Wendys, pine cone intersection, the I-95 exit light, the Kangaroo gas station at PC Pkwy and Belle Terre, to the recent break in at the day care over Christmas, now this, It might be interesting to see what is going on back in those dense woods… So close to my office at West Point Business plaza, I am constantly seeing homeless enter and exit the forest from that trash strewn trailhead across from Wendys.
We all wish to be safe and to believe that everyone has all the resources they need to be productive citizens, work hard, establish a home and family and do the right thing, myself included. However, I cannot help but note that a 15 year old is barely out of childhood and a nineteen year old homeless individual must do something to survive. While I do not condone burglery or violence in any form I have to ask where is our humanity when condemning individuals without even asking questions about how this came to be or what can be done to ensure we do not simply throw away the lives of young people? I pray we all consider the phrase, “There but for the grace of God go I” before making judgements.
Born and Raised Here says
Many Homeless camps on Palm Coast Parkway, People, including our FCSO drive the parkway so fast they don’t even notice them. Slow down, stay off your cell phone, and you’ll be surprise what you might see.
For some people at any age would rather steal than work and it is the standard than a rare occurance.Lock them up, no sympathy.
The police department sees them every day and knows whats up. They just dont have anywhere for the homeless
Where are the parents of theses kids. They’re probably wanted and hiding out.
Yea arrest the homeless’ put more people in jail for here meanal disorders or just bad luck