Hercules resident helps police catch burglar using drone

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Hercules resident helps police catch burglar using drone
Image of the high-risk stop involving the suspected burglar is courtesy of the Hercules Police Department.

With help from his drone, a Hercules resident enabled police to track down a burlgar who stole $30,000 worth of cash and property from a  neighbor’s home over the weekend, police said.

Police were dispatched to Finch Court at about 6:25 a.m. on Sunday on a report of a burglary. A victim who was inside the home at the time reported that the suspect had shattered a sliding glass door in the back of his house and entered. The victim fled the home through the front door and ran to his neighbor’s home, police said.

Multiple police agencies responded to the scene and set up a perimeter around the home.

At about 9:48 a.m., a neighbor on Bluebird Court who learned about the burglary used his drone and advised police he spotted the suspect hiding in the greet belt area behind the court, police said.

While officers were en route, the neighbor advised police the suspect had left the hiding place and entered an Uber car. Officers located a Gray Honda Accord with Uber logos in the window at the corner of Meadowlark and Tanager Way, police said. A high-risk stop was conducted and a subject matching the description of the suspect in the surveillance video exited the rear passenger seat of the Honda, police said.

Police reported finding over $30,000 of the victim’s property on the floorboard where the suspect was seated. The suspect was described as a juvenile from Texas and was taken into custody and booked at Juvenile Hall.