The manager of Pompano Pat's, a motorcycle and gun store in DeLand, said Tuesday that Zimmerman was never hired to provide security, despite Zimmerman's claims to DeLand police.
Store owner Pat Johnson says he's getting death threats because of Zimmerman's claim, and it's not the first time. Last year, Johnson received threats after offering to replace Zimmerman's gun shortly after Zimmerman was acquitted of murder in the 2012 shooting death of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in Sanford.
According to a police report, two officers spotted a suspicious, dark-colored truck parked behind Pompano Pat's early Sunday, shortly after midnight. The truck turned out to be Zimmerman's, who was in the vehicle with his dog.
Zimmerman told the officers he had permission to be there from the store's owner to provide security and keep an eye on the business after a recent burglary. The officers attempted to confirm that, but said they could not reach the owner.
Police didn't cite Zimmerman, noting there was no evidence that a crime had occurred by Zimmerman being there.
After the police report was released, Pompano Pat's manager Sam Port told The Associated Press in a phone interview Tuesday that Zimmerman "in no way, shape or form" is employed by the store.
"He's not being paid to be act as a security officer or in any other way for Pompano Pat's," Porter said. He did, however, confirm a burglar at the store two weeks ago, when 10 rifles were stolen from the shop.
Porter said the store beefed up internal store security, but did not hire anyone to patrol the storefront after hours.