Geraldton police deploy drone to track down firearms theft-accused duo

Michael RobertsGeraldton Guardian
A police drone in action.
Camera IconA police drone in action. Credit: Jackson Flindell/The Sunday Times

Geraldton police used drone surveillance to help arrest two men in their 20s who allegedly broke into a Greenough property and stole an entire firearms cabinet filled with guns on Saturday morning.

At about 7am neighbours noticed a suspicious 4WD leaving the driveway of the Greenough home and wrote down the vehicle’s licence plate before alerting police to the break-in.

Police discovered the car, a Toyota Land Cruiser, was reported stolen in Mt Pleasant on October 20 and was potentially connected to a number of burglaries south of Perth.

Neighbours told police the robbers had stolen firearms from inside the Greenough home, with concerned Geraldton officers making an application to deploy a drone to help catch the alleged criminals.

Geraldton officer-in-charge Sen. Sgt Chris Martin said police tracked the two men to a service station in Moonyoonooka.

The stolen guns were recovered and the pair were charged with a spate of offences, including aggravated burglary, car theft, stealing, and failing to stop for police.
Camera IconThe stolen guns were recovered and the pair were charged with a spate of offences, including aggravated burglary, car theft, stealing, and failing to stop for police.

Taken by surprise, the men allegedly ran from police.

“They bolted and we deployed the drone and it was able to follow them,” Sen. Sgt Martin said.

“They ran off in two different directions but the drone found one of them.

“The other man managed to escape but he was arrested shortly later at an address.”

Sen. Sgt Martin said the two Geraldton locals, 23 and 24, allegedly stole $4000 in cash and property such as jewellery, cloth and electrical goods worth up to $15,000.

The stolen guns were recovered and the pair were charged with a spate of offences, including aggravated burglary, car theft, stealing, and failing to stop for police.

“It shows early reporting is critical in instances like this,” Sen. Sgt Martin said.

“Very quickly we deployed a drone and used other tracking devices to follow this vehicle.”

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