Arkansas Man On Plane Ride Catches Burglars At His House


BAY, Arkansas ~ (Jonesboro Sun/ KAIT-TV/ AP) ~ A man who just wanted some aerial photographs of his house, while on his first plane ride, also helped catch the two men burglarizing his place.

Steven Lynn had rented some flight time from a local pilot with plans to fly over his Bay home and take some pictures. When they arrived over his house, he saw two men taking items from his house. “I looked down, and sure enough, there was a truck hooked onto a trailer, and guys were loading stuff up,” Lynn told The Jonesboro Sun. “It didn’t seem to faze them that we were buzzing over in an airplane; we got down pretty low.” Lynn then called his uncle, who lives nearby as well as 911 dispatch.

Craighead County Sheriff’s deputy Phillip Wheaton said the uncle arrived and the two burglars unloaded the trailer and left the scene. That’s when the pilot and Lynn then turned into air support for police. “They were giving us turn by turn directions and giving us a description by county road,” Wheaton told television station KAIT. Both the plane and Lynn’s uncle followed the truck until it was stopped by police.

The two men inside the truck were Roosevelt Smith III and Joseph Peel, both from Jonesboro, and were arrested and charged with burglary and theft. Neither of the men could be reached for comment and most of the stolen property was found, however Lynn said a rifle worth $1,200 is still missing. Later after talking with investigators, Lynn realized a next-door residence, also owned by Lynn, had been burglarized and was missing several new ceiling fans, tools and copper wiring. “It’s slim to none that you would ever see anything like that happening. I never would have expected it,” Lynn added, “I just wanted to see my house from the air, but to see something like that is a complete mood change. I feel like I was really lucky.”

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