Drones Now Help Thieves to Survey Rural Properties, California Farm Bureau Federation Reports

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May 2, 2021 – By Christine Souza – Thieves are now reportedly using drones to scout farms and ranches, looking for their next big score.

“We were having a series of crimes occur, including some quads that were taken from a very remote location at a ranch,” Solano County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Jim Currie said. “We couldn’t figure out why anyone would even know they were there.”

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Ultimately, investigators determined the alleged thieves had used drones, also called unmanned aerial vehicles or UAVs, to look for equipment to steal.

“What’s unique about it to us, and what caught our attention, was the use of the drones. This is all new to us, and I don’t think this is going to go away,” Currie said.

Two people were arrested last month and charged with grand theft, trespassing and burglary for allegedly stealing in excess of $100,000 in tools, farm equipment and other property from several rural locations.

Solano County cattle and sheep rancher Ryan Mahoney said his agricultural equipment, which was later recovered by law enforcement, was part of the crime spree.

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Source: Christine Souza

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