Palm Coast Man Arrested for Attempted Car Burglary Due to “See Something, Say Something”

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The FCSO was able to arrest a man from Palm Coast who was attempting to break into cars in the F-Section on early Friday morning. Paul Krusher, 51, was caught by the FCSO in less than 30 minutes because a neighbor reported him for attempting to open car doors.

A resident reported a person in the area of Forest Lane at 3:18am trying to enter cars. The resident provided the FCSO with video surveillance that showed the suspect in an orange shirt walking up the driveway and trying to open their car door.

Deputies were able to spot the suspect by 3:38am walking with a flashlight on Foster Lane.

Krusher stated that he was just visiting a friend in the neighborhood, but could not produce an address. Krusher was shown the video footage of him attempting to enter vehicles, and had no explanation for his actions. He claimed his name was John Stash, but he was later identified as Paul Krusher.

Deputies searched Krusher and found marijuana, two packs of cigarettes, three lighters, two house keys with a bicycle lock key, a cell phone in a blue case and a large amount of change. Deputies canvassed the area for more potential burglary victims due to the wide variety of items on his person.

“This is a great example of how important it is that if you ‘see something, say something’,” said Sheriff Rick Staly. “This guy thought he could just waltz into a neighborhood without getting caught, but thanks to this concerned homeowner our deputies were able to quickly catch him before he committed more crimes. I’m also glad to see he already likes orange because he’ll be wearing it 24/7 at the Green Roof Inn. This is a great reminder to do the 9PM routine every night, as you never know what dirtbag is lurking around looking for crimes of opportunity after you go to bed.”

Three additional residences on Foster Lane came forward to report surveillance footage of Krusher attempting to enter their vehicles.  If you have footage to send in, or were a victim of his crime, the Sheriff asks you to call the FCSO at 386-313-4911.

Krusher was arrested for Possession of Marijuana – 20 Grams or Less, False Name/ID Given to LEO, Loitering or Prowling, and three counts of Attempted Burglary of a Conveyance. He is being held on a $9,000 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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