Man arrested for 2nd time in month on theft charges

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Flagler County Sheriff's Office booking photo of Daniel Hunter

PALM COAST, Fla. - Detectives with the Flagler County Sheriff's Office arrested a Palm Coast man Wednesday evening on a felony warrant for theft after having arrested him last month in a separate case on a grand theft charge.

Daniel Hunter, 43, was arrested on a warrant charging him with theft by taking possession of another's credit card, dealing in stolen property, fraudulent use of a credit card and possession of ammunition. He was booked into the Flagler County Inmate Facility and released after posting $3,750 bond on each charge.

Hunter was arrested March 19 on a charge of stealing from a person 65 years of age or older after he posed as a painter to get inside her home, deputies said. Once inside the 83-year-old's home, detectives said the man stole several pieces of jewelry while he was suppose to be painting the interior of the home.

In this latest arrest, detectives said Hunter found a bank card on the driveway at the home where he was staying on Lake Success Drive. He took the card and made purchases totaling $1,068 at several Palm Coast stores, deputies said. The card belonged to the homeowner.

In one instance, he purchased a gold necklace and earrings from a TJ Maxx store and then pawned the items in Palm Coast, deputies said.

They said Hunter, who is a convicted felon, also purchased ammunition for a pistol he owned. He told detectives that he had since traded the pistol for a fishing pole and no longer possessed the firearm, deputies said.

The owner of the card reported the fraudulent charges after her bank notified her of suspicious activity on the debit card. Detectives said Hunter was using the bank card as a credit card because he did not know the owner's personal identification number.

Detectives believe there may be other victims. Deputies said Hunter works as a painter and is believed to have stolen items from his customers while he was inside their home.

"It is very important that our residents do some checking on contractors before they hire them and give them access to their homes and property," said Flagler County Sheriff James L. Manfre. "I encourage you to check with city offices or county offices to determine if the contractor is properly licensed."

Deputies said if you think you may have been victimized by Hunter, you are asked to contact the Sheriff's Investigative Services Unit at 386-586-4801.

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