Police chopper catches burglary suspects in the act from above - DC News FOX 5 DC WTTG

Police chopper catches burglary suspects in the act from above

Posted: Updated:
UPPER MARLBORO, Md. - The Prince George’s County Police Department helicopter, known as Air One, usually heads to a scene after a crime has already happened.  But last week, it was overhead at the moment burglars struck—and they were caught in the act.  

The helicopter was flying high above Upper Marlboro in the early morning hours of April 22 when an alert crew member spotted a car driving without its lights on.  The chopper followed the car, and the crew aboard watched as the suspects called a fence at an auto business.  On the video, you can clearly see a suspect moving from car to car, looking for items to steal, according to police.

One might think that the suspects below would have heard the chopper above—but not in this case.  You see, Air One has no tail rotor.  According to Cpl. Michael Kane, that makes it 60 percent quieter than the next closest helicopter.  It uses the Cowanda Effect, which was invented by a physicist many years ago.

The helicopter crew was able to guide officers on the ground to the location where the suspects were.  They tried to get away, but all three were eventually taken into custody.  They’re facing theft charges.  


Powered by WorldNow

WTTG FOX 5 & myfoxdc
5151 Wisconsin Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20016
Main Number: (202) 244-5151
Newsroom: (202) 895-3000
fox5tips@wttg.com

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices