The theft of extra than $23,000 in development gear was solved in less than 24 hrs as Flagler County Sheriff’s Workplace deputies worked with Volusia County deputies to arrest a suspect after the victim tracked the thief down on social media and arranged a assembly with him.

“I want to thank our team for their diligent and quick work in making this arrest and the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office environment for their assistance in securing him,” Sheriff Rick Staly reported. “I’m grateful that doing work jointly with the victims and VCSO we were ready to return the stolen property speedily. To any robbers out there who think they can arrive to Flagler County and steal, think yet again. We work with companies across the condition and have the know-how to come across you, and you will go to jail.”

The FCSO responded July 1 to a development web-site behind the roundabout of U.S. 1 and Matanzas Woods Parkway about a motor vehicle theft.

Deputies created contact with the initially sufferer, an American Civil Building employee who said that upon arriving at work he discovered that numerous objects had been stolen from the organization trailer. 

The victim stated that the trailer had been still left on the development website overnight and had been secured immediately after perform had ended on June 30.

Nevertheless, on July 1, when he and his coworkers returned, they found that numerous things had been stolen from the trailer. The estimated charge of the lacking objects was $23,080. 

The victim also said that an excavator experienced been moved on their internet site, and he thought that the excavator was applied to load the items into the suspect’s car or truck.

A 2nd victim said that a slice-off saw valued at $1800 was removed from their white operate trailer.

The target stated he found the side door to the trailer open, with the locks lower off.

Deputies retrieved surveillance footage, and it confirmed a white male functioning a white Ford pickup entering and leaving the development site overnight. 

The FCSO identified the driver as James Perkins.

The first victim then called the FCSO again and said that he’d designed contact with Perkins on social media.

The victim advised FCSO that following talking with Perkins, he experienced certain him to fulfill at the Sunoco gasoline station on U.S. 1 in Oak Hill to return the stolen things.

FCSO asked for mutual help from the Volusia County Sheriff’s Workplace, which responded to the assembly and detained Perkins. 

When questioned by FCSO deputies, Perkins explained that he was concerned with the theft of the design house and that he took the goods since he “needed money.”

Perkins included that he had an unknown mate named “E.J.,” from DeLand, who was in the truck with him when they had been at the construction web site.

This is not Perkins’ to start with come across with legislation enforcement: Perkins was on probation for a 2018 arrest for armed theft and grand theft.

Perkins was arrested and taken to the Volusia County Jail. He is charged with Burglary of an Unoccupied Conveyance, Trespassing on a Development Web-site, and Grand Theft around $20,000.

He is held on no bond. He will be transferred to the Sheriff Perry Corridor Inmate Detention Facility in Flagler County.