February “Weekend Roundup” by the FCSO


The Flagler County Sheriff’s Office made 18 arrests, handled 868,  and made 135 traffic stops between February 2nd, through the 6th.

“Great job by Sergeant Parthemore and Deputies Hartley and Fowler on quickly identifying,
interviewing, and arresting the suspect who broke into a local gas station,” said Sheriff Rick Staly.
Thankfully they were able to quickly return all of the stolen merchandise back to the store owner. This
is exactly why I implemented district policing when I became Sheriff in 2017. With district policing,
deputies get to learn their assigned area and the criminals that try to prey on our community.”

The following is a summary of highlights provided by the FCSO.

A Cocoa Beach man was arrested after breaking into a gas station in Palm Coast on Sunday morning. FCSO arrived on scene at the break in to find the businesses front door unlocked, and upon further investigation of the building they found a debit card, belonging to a Lantz Kurtz, on the counter.  The owner of the gas station provided FCSO with video footage of a white male entering the store, taking items, and unlocking the front door to exit.  FCSO recognized the man from a vehicle fire earlier that night. Upon FCSO making contact with Kurtz, he admitted to breaking in and taking items. Kurtz claimed he left his debit card at the business so he could go back and pay for the items taken.

“He must have really wanted those items to break into a closed convenience store to get them,” added
Sheriff Staly. “Leaving a debit card behind does not absolve you from theft or committing a burglary.”

Kurtz was arrested and charged with Armed Burglary of a Dwelling/Structure and Petit Theft 1st Degree. He was released on a $10,000 bond.

Saturday morning FCSO made a traffic stop that ultimately led to a narcotics arrest.  FCSO stopped a vehicle in the area of CR304 and US1. The driver of the vehicle, Thomas Workman Jr. did not have a valid Florida driver’s license. When Deputies searched the vehicle they found marijuana, fentanyl, and oxycodone.

Workman Jr. was arrested and charged with Possession of Fentanyl, Possession of Oxycodone, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Using Other State Driver’s License While Florida DL Suspended, and Failure to Acquire a Florida Driver’s License. He was released on a $4,500 bond.

By Krys DeWind

Krys DeWind has been a Flagler County resident since 2016. She is active in her community and is always looking for ways to better it. She has a community first attitude which is one of the central founding ideals of the Flagler County Buzz.

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