No arrests had been made and no charges levied but on Friday afternoon newly-installed Sheriff Rick Staly, eager to send a message about his crime-fighting style (“if we have to fill it up,” he said of the county jail, “then we’re going to do that”) called a news conference to announce to several whirring cameras the recovery of items stolen from several Palm Coast properties this week.
There was nothing unusual or particularly newsworthy about the development other than its timing–and the clear suggestion that, like his predecessors (Sheriffs Don Fleming and Jim Manfre also used the press-conference device to publicize themselves through topical or overwrought policing) Staly won’t hesitate to seek out media face time.
“I know it’s unusual to call a press conference for a burglary arrest, but first let me say this was the first burglary under my watch,” Staly said. “I don’t like people doing crime in our county, so this one was a little personal, you know, like how dare you do a burglary as soon as I become sheriff.”
The morning of January 3, deputies responded to a burglary call on at 64 Fleming Court, at a home whose owners had been traveling out of the country. A family member checking on the house discovered the burglary, called 911, and was in the process of taking things out of the house for safekeeping. “But he had left the keys in his car in the driveway,” Staly said.
“The people that did the initial burglary then stole his car,” he said.
The car was recovered in Bunnell on South Peach Street and Martin Luther King Boulevard. A patrol deputy got a tip from a source as to the possible identity of one of the suspects involved–a juvenile boy, who was brought in for questioning, leading to a search warrant for a house at 3 Big Bear Lane. That warrant was served on Thursday afternoon, where several allegedly stolen items were recovered, including a Mac-10-style semi-automatic handgun, two other guns, boxes of ammunition, a small amount of marijuana, a crossbow and other items.
“These items were determined to have come from two burglaries, both of them on Fleming Lane,” Staly said. “We expect to charge four different subjects with these crimes, three juveniles and one adult.”
A 2000 Toyota, a Ford Mustang and a boat were also recovered. The Ford, and some of the recovered items, had been reported stolen from a property at 216 Birchwood Drive, the boat was stolen from a 8 Floyd Court and used to get behind 64 Fleming Court without being seen, according to a sheriff’s release.
“This is really a team effort by our Investigative Services Division and our patrol division,” Staly said, crediting Detective Joe Barile in particular, “and our patrol guys did a great job developing the information, providing it to our detectives, who then took it and ran with it.”
Justifying the news conference, Staly said, “I thought it was important that you see the kind of stuff that gets stolen and what our deputies encounter out there.”
Some of the property recovered has not been traced back to its owners. The sheriff’s office is hoping that revealing the information might help make those connections.
Three juveniles and one adult suspect face charges of armed burglary, grand theft auto, possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute and other related charges. Investigators were gathering evidence for arrest warrants, but Staly said probably not by day’s end Friday.
The recovered property includes:
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;
Xbox video game, controller and headphones;
Jewelry, handbags and an iPhone 6
Now lets see if the rest of the criminal justice system follows through with prosecuting these thugs and thieves to the fullest.
A family of thieves in PC imagine that HANG em HIGH
Just back from Japan, it was amazing how there is no crime there, I felt safer there than my own country…..Palm Coast will become another crime filled crap-hole if our police force and judicial system doesnt start locking career criminals up for natural life….I say 3 criminals arrests and you are pretty much a lost cause! ZERO TOLERANCE for crime! ..and stop letting them out!
Sounds like a real hotdog we have for a Sheriff. He can arrest anyone, but he doesn’t have the authority to keep anyone in jail. Rather than showboat, how about just doing your job and let others do theirs. As Sheriff you have far more other concerns, one being training your deputies, and finding some adults to be deputies. It is ridiculous to see all these young people as cops who look like they just came out of the womb. I don’t feel safe with 100 pound women and the many child like individuals I see wearing green in Flagler County.
How about three strikes you are out, as in deported. Three felony arrests and then you or your family will need to find a country to accept you otherwise we drop you off 12 miles off shore and instruct you to swim away from here. If you return within 12 miles then you will be defeated immediately. How many times does it take to realize a thug is a thug?
Diana L. says
Maybe he will start tweeting every time they write a citation. I wish the new Sheriff well but can’t we focus on rehab rather than loading up our prisons? I’m not excited about spending more of our tax dollars in filling up our prisons and giving more money to for profit prisons.
@JC, I agree with you and not just about Japan. Iceland has an incredibly low crime rate as well, sure there’s less people, but it’s exponentially lower. I think it’s a cultural thing here in America, all races, religions and what-have-yous aside, America seems to be a culture that’s totally ok with glorifying violence and crime.
^^Are you KIDDING ME? Yes, post EVERY arrest you make for these pieces of garbage that WE don’t want in our community. Front page! That way they know not to do it here and that there are consequences to their moronic activities. Wait till one of these kids goes in the wrong house and gets shot, or catches a long prison sentence because he gives you a heart attack crawling in your back window. Focus on rehab…. jeesh I can’t believe that statement. That’s not his job lady.