Photo via WINK
Whenever Florida pilot David Zehntner takes his Cessna 182 for a flight, he passes over his home to “let my mom know that we’re coming in.” Last weekend, from 300 feet up, he noticed someone “looking in our windows, rattling our door handles,” and it definitely wasn’t his mother.
The thief, whom police identified as 59-year-old Gary Robert Haines, then allegedly stole Zehntner’s 6×12 trailer. “We watched him hook our trailer up … to his bumper hitch and proceed to leave with it,” Zehntner told CBS affiliate WINK. “At one point he literally put his hands on his hips and looks up at us,” probably unaware it was the eagle-eyed homeowner.
Zehntner landed his plane and called police, who arrested Haines–reportedly packing heat–on a nearby highway. He recovered his trailer at the scene.
Amazingly, this isn’t the first time a pilot caught a thief from above; it also happened back in 2011. It’s only a matter of time until home security systems are replaced by aerial drones.