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Man spots thief robbing his house while flying over in airplane

By Leigh Goessl     Jan 2, 2013 in Crime
Labelle - A man spotted a thief burglarizing his home while he was flying home from a trip. While in the air, he looked down at his home and caught the thieves in action.
David Zehntner was flying his plane from North Carolina to head home to Florida. While flying over his home in LaBelle on Sunday, he noticed a truck in his driveway, reports WESH. The man was also reportedly peering into Zehntner's home.
Zehntner flew the plane lower to get a better look and saw a man attempting to hitch his trailer a truck. The truck reportedly left the driveway with the trailer attached; the pilot then followed the truck and called the Glades County Sheriff's Office while in flight.
The alleged thief then crossed county lines where he was subsequently arrested by the Charlotte's County Sheriff's Office. A rifle and bullets were also found inside the truck. Police are still investigating the weapons found in the pickup truck.
In total, four counties were involved with this search, reported The Examiner.
“We [Zehntner and his wife] flew over my mother’s house at 800 ft. and we live about ¾ of a mile away from her. We circled around to our house and my wife looks out the window and says, ‘There’s somebody in our driveway,’” Zehntner told The Examiner.
“For the people who say there is never a cop around when you need one, I have to say there were plenty of them around for us,” said Zehntner during his interview with “We’d like to express our appreciation for the quick action and ease of handling in this situation. They [police] handled it very well and very fast.”
Gary Haines, of Stafford, Virginia, was arrested in connection with the theft of Zehntner's property, according to a Charlotte County Sheriff's Office press release. He has been charged with Grand Theft and was later released on $2,500 bond.
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