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Ashtray thieves and a police chief goes to OIA with a gun

A selection of crime reports from the Orlando Police Department



On Aug. 21, Daytona Police Chief Michael Chitwood was preparing to board a plane departing Orlando International Airport. When he tried to go through security, though, the TSA screener discovered that he had a handgun in his carry-on luggage. The Orlando Police Department was called, but when they arrived they realized Chitwood was a police officer. Law-enforcement officers are permitted to fly with their guns as long as they complete the Fly Armed Program. Though Chitwood hadn’t, they let it slide this time: “For the sake of time,” the police media release about the incident stated, “Chief Chitwood was escorted from the checkpoint to safely secure his weapon before he was allowed to board his flight.”

On Aug. 26, police were called to respond to a burglary at a residential address on Monticello Place. When they arrived, the victim told them that while he was sleeping, an unknown suspect “broke into his back porch area” and stole an ashtray. The ashtray thief had struck sometime in the middle of the night, but the victim didn’t want to press charges. He says the only reason he called police is because the front office told him to.

Sometime between 11:30 p.m. on Aug. 26 and 12:30 a.m. on Aug. 27, another burglary was going on at the Kangaroo Express at 3965 Silver Star Road. An unknown man matching a suspiciously hipster-sounding description (tall, slim, white T-shirt, jeans, blue tennis shows and black-framed glasses) climbed down into the Kangaroo Express through the air-conditioning unit on the roof. He pried open the ATM, stole an unknown amount of money, then nonchalantly exited the same way he came in.