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NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. — Authorities investigated an apparent attempted theft of beach gear at a beach in Florida over the weekend.

Editor’s note: The video contains some vulgar language. Viewer discretion advised. 

Volusia County Beach Safety & Ocean Rescue told WKMG it was called to a report of an altercation around 6:30 p.m. Friday near 27th Avenue. A woman told authorities two women were stealing her family’s beach items and her husband was recording the incident on his phone.

At the beginning of the video, two women are shown taking down a canopy when they’re approached by the man holding the camera.

“Is that yours?” the man asks.

“Yeah, but we don’t know how to do it,” one of the women responds.

“Oh, do you need some help?” the man asks.

“Do you know how to do it?” the woman says.

“Yeah, this is our stuff,” the man replies.

Both women stand in near silence before the man tells them he will “let it slide.” Moments later, one of the women tells him to “Turn the (expletive) camera off.”

He then asks the women to step away from his “s***.”

The woman then approaches the man before the video ends.

Beach patrol officials said the women were gone when officers arrived. The man and woman who reported the incident declined to press charges.

Officials said the women could have faced charges of grand theft and simple battery.


  • Patricia

    Really People! The beach has plenty of room for everyone, regardless if the people left for 90 minutes!! Theft is Theft!!! Can’t tell me there wasn’t a spot some where on that beach that they could of set up!! But oh wait! They didn’t seem to have anything of their own to set up!! We go to Destin every year set our stuff up early morning and come and go all day long as many other people do and no-one ever gets their stuff stolen!!!! These ladies were up to no good and should of had charges brought against them!!!

  • Michelle Russo Botticelli

    So the original story said he ran to his car to get his camera – that tells me he was not away too long. Everyone leaves their belongings at some point – what about those who swim all day and just come out of the water to relax or eat or drink?

  • Tikitiki

    Debbie Brown and Linda Duffy Kelley are both teachers at East Milton Elementary in Milton, FL. Just terrible.

  • BB

    It seems victim blaming is at a all time high. Don’t blame the victim. Blame the suspect! I guess it’s that woman’s fault that she got raped because she wore revealing clothing? Same issue. I guess it’s the man’s fault for leaving his property unattended and “revealed”.

  • Dixie

    They will be punished, they are Citrus County employees and this video has been seen all over the world and by other Citrus County employees. It hit our local paper today.

  • Duh

    Why is this making news and why is everyone talking about this they didnt steal anyhting it was all still sitting there….. to steal something you have to take it a way from where it was left and the video shows they didnt removed it……. Leave the old ladies alone old people forget where they leave stuff all the time the beach is big people forget where they are sitting all the time

  • Jeannine Ramirez

    Didn’t Linda’s FB say she works for Lowes??? I see people say she is a teacher and so is her friend? Does anyone have any links to it “hitting the local paper”?

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