On Tuesday evening police officers were called to reports of a suspected stolen tractor being loaded up into a truck near Tintinhull, in the United Kingdom. The officers used a police drone with a thermal camera to locate stolen farm equipment.
Police drone with thermal camera locates stolen farm vehicle
The driver of the truck, a 32-year-old man, was arrested on suspicion of theft.
The police drone with a thermal camera was deployed to assist in the search for a second item that was suspected to have been stolen. An expensive Manitou telehandler was found with the drone inside a large hedge. The farm equipment has been returned to its rightful owner.
A video shared on the Somerset Country Gazette shows the moment that the telehandler was found.
This is a fantastic example of how the use of technology, in combination with intelligence provided to us by the local community, can help us respond to suspected crimes in progress,” DI Scott Chadwick.
“We’re delighted to be able to return the stolen farming property to its owner so they can continue their essential work.”
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Photo credit: Somerset County Gazette