Drone Helps Maryland Sheriff’s Office Recover Stolen Construction Equipment
” Cecil County Sheriff’s Office detectives used one of the agency’s two recently purchased drones to locate nearly $400,000 in stolen construction equipment stashed behind a barn on an Elkton-area property, police reported.
Marking a major break in a joint investigation by CCSO and police in Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania into a construction equipment theft ring, the drone surveillance led to the arrest of one suspect, an Elkton resident, whom investigators have declined to identify because of the ongoing probe, police said. More arrests are expected, police added.
It also marked the first official CCSO drone mission since six agency deputies and Sheriff Scott Adams earned their FAA licenses to fly the small unmanned aircraft systems after purchasing the units with seized funds, passing a written exam and receiving practical flight training earlier this year. “
” “Outside of training operations, this is first time we put one up and we are pleased with the outcome,” Adams commented Thursday during a press conference at CCSO headquarters, where representatives of Delaware State Police, New Jersey State Police and other involved agencies were in attendance.
As it turns out, Adams is the one who piloted the drone above the periphery of the suspect property in the 2000 block of Barksdale Road, off Appleton Road, on March 9. Using the drone’s mounted camera, Adams videotaped 19 pieces of stolen construction equipment valued at approximately $394,000.”