OFF THE BEAT: Guns and impromptu swims

Who needs background checks?

A man sold his 9 mm handgun to another man the night of Feb. 13 in a Deltona restaurant parking lot.

Later, the seller found that he had “received $600 in counterfeit $20 bills.”

So yet another 9 mm firearm is now in the hands of a crook.

And does anybody think any kind of background check was performed on the buyer?

Out for a late-night swim at a senior-living facility

A DeLand police officer was called to check out a suspicious person at 10:17 p.m. Feb. 7 at a senior-living facility.

Facility staff said the man was seen coming out of the swimming-pool area (and that the pool area was surrounded by a fence and padlocked). They said the only way he could have gotten in or out was by jumping over the fence.

However, the guy had left by the time the police officer arrived.

The officer was called back at 11:35 p.m. the same night, with staff telling him the same man was back and was in the senior facility’s parking lot.

Turned out to be a 33-year-old guy who was barefoot and in his underwear — and the air temperature was 43 degrees.

The fellow said a friend of his who lives at the center (and is 32 or 33 years old) invited him to come over and let him swim there five months ago.

Further investigation revealed that Barefoot Guy was on probation for burglary/trespassing on a construction site.

He wasn’t allowed to go swimming and, instead, was arrested on a charge of loitering or prowling and taken to jail.

By Keith Allen, based on local police-agency reports. If you have information about a crime, call Crime Stoppers, 1-888-277-TIPS. You could be eligible for a reward.