Poulsbo Police drone captures burglary in progress

One suspect was arrested after being caught in the act of a burglary at Advanced Sales and Rentals on Viking Avenue by a Poulsbo Police Department UAS (Unmanned Aerial System) device scoping out the area.

According to a press release from Poulsbo PD, over the course of the last week, the shop had been burglarized twice. In each case, the suspects had cut through the chain-link fence and entered the rental yard taking unspecified items.

As a result, Poulsbo officers have been conducting frequent checks of the business.

Just before midnight on Sept. 12 Poulsbo Police Sergent Howard Leeming was checking on the business, but rather than doing it on foot, he piloted the UAS device to check the site from above, to which his timing could not have been better.

Sgt. Leeming was able to locate two suspects in the process of burglarizing the business a third time.

Additional officers responded to the scene to set up a containment area including a K-9 Unit from the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office.

Officers ordered the suspects to exit the location and surrender. After several orders to comply with the officers, the K-9 unit made up of Deputy Aaron Baker and K-9 Heiko were deployed. The team captured one suspect while the other got away on foot.

The captured suspect was identified ad 38-year-old Christopher Baker of Poulsbo.

“It’s a great example of how this technology, paired with teamwork and initiative, is so beneficial to law enforcement,” Poulsbo Police Chief Dan Schoonmaker said.

The investigation into this case is still ongoing and anyone with further information regarding the burglaries is encouraged to contact Poulsbo PD.

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