Wonder what U.S. history would like if Butch and Sundance or Bonnie and Clyde had a few lookout drones?
In a case that would have looked more like a movie plot 10 years ago, new innovations have brought career criminals many new ways to cause a bunch of new troubles. Last Saturday, two members of a burglary ring known as the "Tub Gang" were accused of using a drone to spy on officers while carrying out thefts across Pennsylvania and other states.
It was never said specifically how the police department caught up with the alleged burglars, but one station detective did share that he had noticed a drone hovering over their department a few days earlier. Apparently, that did enough to raise eyebrows, particularly in a building full of law enforcement officers.
According to Detective Tom Nicoletti of the police department in Upper Saucon, Pennsylvania, the men were arrested when they were found carrying over $50,000 in cellphones taken from a Verizon store and other electronics outlets. Authorities suspect the arrest can be attributed to a recent string of similar crimes.
Maybe using a drone for a lookout is a clever idea, but Chaviv Dykes, 20, of Newark, New Jersey, and Duane Holmes, 44, of North Bergen, New Jersey, found that there was a downside to their plan. Apparently, the men had left behind enough physical evidence to get them arrested - despite their clever use of drones.
It turns out the accused had less foresight than they needed. Camera tape seized from the drone found in the men's possession had hours of incriminating video footage that included overhead shots of Newark, New York City and other spots - all in areas where the recent electronic store crimes had been reported.
It's funny how these guys could be so innovative on one hand, and then foolish enough to save usable evidence against them. Well, I suppose they had it coming.
What do you think about the new breed of tech-savvy burglars? Please share your thoughts and ideas with me, in the comments section below.