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Neighbor’s Drone Helps Direct Cops to a Burglar Trying to Flee in an Uber With $30,000 Cash

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Source: Hercules Police Department

Jun. 11 2023, Published 10:02 a.m. ET

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A burglar in California tried to flee in an Uber with over $30,000 in cash and property allegedly stolen from a home, but he was stopped thanks to the help of a neighbor and their drone, according to authorities.

Around 6:30 a.m. on May 28, officers were dispatched for a report of a break-in at a residence in Hercules, the Hercules Police Department announced.

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The victim told police that a male broke down his back door and entered the house. The victim fled the residence through the front door and ran to a neighbor’s house, where he called 911.

Officials checked out surveillance footage from the residence, which showed a man wearing a blue jacket, black sweatpants and a gray shirt wrapped around his face. The suspect forced his way into the home by shattering the rear sliding glass door, authorities said.

Officers arrived at the scene and set a perimeter around the house. Richmond Police K9, Ca$h, and his handler arrived at the scene and unsuccessfully attempted to track the suspect.

The victim advised police that approximately $30,000 of cash and property were stolen.

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Around 9:45 a.m., a neighbor told police he was flying his personal drone and saw a person hidden in the green belt area behind the court, police said.

The neighbor said the subject left the hiding place while police were en route to the residence and entered a gray sedan that appeared to be an Uber driver.

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Officers went on a search for the vehicle and found a Gray Honda Accord with Uber logos. They initiated a high-risk stop and a subject matching the description of the suspect got out of the rear passenger seat, police said.

Police searched the vehicle and found over $30,000 of the victim’s property on the floorboard where the suspect was sitting.

The suspect, a juvenile from Texas, was arrested and booked at Juvenile Hall, according to authorities.


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