Thursday, December 1, 2016

Tulsa security officer tracks burglars using drone

David Bell, above with his drone, guided his electronic toy to the location of the suspects 
Tulsa OK Dec 1 2016 Two men arrested in connection with the breaking into a downtown Tulsa restaurant have a drone to thank for their capture.
One of the men allegedly broke into the Vault restaurant around 7:30am Monday and crawled back out of the broken window with a couple bottles of Scotch while the other allegedly played 'lookout.'
A witness in the parking lot, Gavin Maines, who is also a friend of the restaurant's owner, saw the incident and alerted police, and then the building security guard, according to owner Libby Billings' Facebook page.
The security guard, David Bell, often flies his drone nearby for 'beauty shots,' according to Newson6.
But on this day, he used his drone for something a little less fanciful - tracking down the boozing suspects.
The pair walked across the street to a park bench, sat down, and began drinking, according to the outlet. And the drone caught it all.
'He's oblivious of it, never heard it I guess,' he said of one of the suspects.
When the cops arrived, Bell was able to direct them immediately to the location of the suspects, by watching his drone live feed.
The men were charged, one with breaking and entering, one with public intoxication.
'They were busted, but they kind of didn't believe that,' Billings told the outlet. "'What? You have a drone?' Yes, we do.

Billings said this isn't the first time that people have broken into her restaurant to take booze, but usually they are caught with surveillance cameras, not drones.  

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