Sleuth In The Sky

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Wednesday, August 31, 2011 - 9:43am

You'll never believe who spotted two bumbling burglars while flying a plane over Jonesboro, Arkansas.

Caught red-handed and from a bird's eye view -- it happened to two suspected burglars in Craighead County, Arkansas.

Steven Lynn had never been in a plane in his life, but Friday he hopped in his buddy's Cessna to check out fishing conditions on a nearby river and, on the way back, they decided to swing over Lynn's home and what he saw, he says, he'll never forget.

Lynn was already taking video with his cell phone, sightseeing from the sky when his pilot friend noticed an unusual sight at Lynn's home.

"Someone's at your house, man, look, the yard", yelled Lynn's friend.

Lynn saw two men loading air conditioners and other scrap metal items onto a trailer.

"I kinda felt helpless, watching someone from an airplane, stealing from ya", said Lynn.

Steven quickly called his uncle and then 911.

By the time sheriff's deputies and state police arrived, the two men had taken off --but from the air Lynn was still on their tail.

"It was wild", recalled Lynn. "One of the most wild things I've ever experienced, seeing someone rob my house and the whole chase, it was like being on cops."

Giving deputies turn by turn directions the plane tracked the suspects for two miles.

They cornered Joseph Peel and Roosevelt Smith, who were arrested and charged with burglary and theft.

Steven Lynn says he'll keep tracking the case in court, and even though it was a wild ride he says he wouldn't hesitate to takdo it again.

The sheriff's office says this was definitely a first for them not only to have eye-witnesses from the sky but also to have it caught on camera.

Peel and Smith pleaded not guilty to the crimes and are being held on bond.
 

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