DeLAND, Fla. - Although he's not a hired security officer, George Zimmerman has been "patrolling" outside a Volusia County gun shop after it was recently robbed, according to the store owner.
Pat Johnson told Local 6 that Zimmerman is not an employee of his DeLand store Pompano Pat's, which sells firearms, ammunition and motorcycles.
Johnson said that Zimmerman, on his own accord, has been spotted outside the store since the robbery earlier this month. The thieves stole rifles worth up to $5,000 and two mini-bikes, according to Johnson.
"I didn't OK it. I didn't know about it. I didn't authorize it. I didn't pay for it," Johnson said. "He had just watched Facebook and the news and just took it upon himself to come up here and sit."
Johnson added that although he knows Zimmerman, he has not hired him as a security officer.
"I sent him a text message telling him not to come back to the store anymore," Johnson said.
DeLand police officers stopped to investigate why Zimmerman was parked in back of the store just after midnight on Sunday morning.
Video from the dash camera of the police cruiser shows a closer view of their exchange.
"Zimmerman informed me that he was sitting behind the business with the permission of the owner," the officer wrote in his incident report.
"Did Pat's hire you?" the officer asked him.
"No, no," Zimmerman responded.
"You're just doing this as a friend," the officer asked Zimmerman.
"He's a friend of mine," he replied.
Pompano Pat's made headlines last July when it offered Zimmerman a free gun days after his murder trial ended.
Johnson, who is running for mayor, said he believes politics are somehow behind the attention being given to Zimmerman's activities at his store.
"My campaign is pretty much over. But my intention was always just to try and make this a better and safer place to live," Johnson said. "This whole Zimmerman situation has nothing to do with my campaign."
Johnson said the police have also been out to the store at least three times for death threats since the Zimmerman report.
Zimmerman, a former neighborhood watch leader, was acquitted of murder last summer in the death of Trayvon Martin.
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