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DELAND, Fla. – Former neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman was spotted back on patrol this weekend in Central Florida, this time outside a store in DeLand that sells motorcycles, guns and ammunition.

The owner of Pompano Pat’s sent a statement to CNN denying that Zimmerman, who was acquitted last year in the shooting death of unarmed Florida teen Trayvon Martin, was an employee.

“George is a personal friend,” Pat Johnson said in the statement. “My store was robbed recently and George was just keeping an eye on things as a friend.”

Thieves stole rifles and mini-bikes from the store this month, according to CNN affiliate WKMG.

A police officer who was patrolling the area early Sunday morning spotted a truck behind the business, ran the license plate and discovered that the vehicle belonged to Zimmerman, according to a police report.

Another officer who responded as backup said that Zimmerman told them he had permission to be on the property and that he was there with his dog “in order to keep an eye out,” according to the report.

This isn’t Zimmerman’s first run-in with the law since being found not guilty in July 2013 of murder and manslaughter in the death of 17-year-old Martin.

He was pulled over three times by police: twice for speeding and another time for having window tint that was too dark. He was arrested in September in an alleged domestic dispute with his then-estranged wife. No charges resulted from the incident.

He was also arrested in November, accused of pointing a gun at his girlfriend. No charges were filed in that incident, either.

In the days following Zimmerman’s not guilty verdict, Pompano Pat’s offered Zimmerman a free gun, according to WKMG. Since Zimmerman was not convicted of charges related to Martin’s death, he can legally carry a gun, although it is unknown whether he was armed while guarding the store.


  • edgarsanes72

    Either believe the American legal system works best for our country and no better substitute exists, or a better system is out there for US. If you believe America’s legal system is the best than Zimmerman scenarios are unavoidable realities. You should not be outraged.

    If you believe better systems are out there: you should still not be outraged. This article focuses on an innocent (according to his jury) person who is treated innocently after being proven innocent. If you want to better the legal system, don’t be outraged innocent determined people are treated innocently. He is allowed–after the trial–to live his life without heightened restriction. The outrage should focus on a maxim of American in dispute.

    • joy

      You are a racist piece of trash and your opinion is no longer needed on this site. All we have to do is look at the race of the person and the part they play in the siutation to know your stance. Black victim, oh well. White victim, poor thing. Black culprit, they are horrible. White culprit, its ok, give them a pass.

      • Clayton Bigsby

        That’s simply not true. If it was a white guy that attacked a Mexican I would feel the same. The law is the same for all of us. If you don’t want to get shot don’t attack people. It’s not hard to play my the rules.

      • Joel

        He didn’t attack him. It was a mutual fight. Zimmerman was getting his tail whooped and pulled out a gun at a fist fight.

      • Clayton Bigsby

        Being struck by a lean fueled degenerate is not a mutual fight. Justice was served and needs to be served more often. Did you by chance see the story in South Richmond where two black males assaulted a third black male, who was an upstanding citizen, he shot and killed one and wounded the other. No charges filed. You can’t attack people without running the risk of death. That’s what these thugs need to learn.

      • koob007

        Joy, people just have to go by evidence. No one really knows what happened but George. George’s wounds looked like he was telling the truth so the cops were willing to let him go. Any fair-minded jury would have found George not guilty.
        And don’t write me off as a racist (as you unjustly did Clayton). I saw an episode of “Cops” one time where a white buy was pushing a smaller black guy around, and the black guy pulled out a box cutter and cut him up. I’m glad the white guy survived (as he obviously wasn’t ready to meet his Maker) but I’m also glad he got cut up and that the black guy didn’t get beat up.

  • wiseman

    All black males stay away from that hothead. Maybe next time he will find out what it is like to be a victim

  • manalishi

    Trayvon,,,pop,,,Trayvoff. Fight over. I cannot help but wonder if Trayvon would still be alive if he had known GZ was armed and would not be beaten down.

    • Paula

      Do u have any blackfriends? If you do keep them away from George. You probably don’t have black friends because if george is your friend he don’t allow you to have any. As far as a gruesome death just keep your eye on george he will one day

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