On November 28th, a local TV station reported that two men were arrested in Tulsa, Oklahoma after breaking into a business to steal two bottles of scotch. Not an unusual crime, but made unusual by the involvement of a drone which followed the men across the street from the break-in to a park where they began drinking the fruits of their crime.
An eyewitness who saw the break-in happening was talking to a drone pilot outside The Vault, where the break-in took place. So when the men took off, the drone did too. David Bell, the drone operator, generally flies his drone to get beauty shots downtown.
But on that day, his drone's live feed guided the police to the men drinking on the bench. One was arrested for public intoxication and the other for the break-in. They reportedly didn't believe that the police had been aided by a drone. But criminals probably should get used to the fact that video cameras – and now drones – may be their undoing.
Hat tip to Jennifer Kubal.
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