Are drones the next innovation in police work? – Baltimore

Lots of big construction equipment was missing across three states, and police were on the trail in Cecil County.

Enter the drone.

The county sheriff netted a big ticket bust by tapping the department’s recently-launched UAV program last week. Sheriff Scott Adams said he piloted the drone in its first mission to locate stolen construction equipment from New Jersey.

Police received a tip from New Jersey State Police that the suspected thief was stashing the construction equipment in Elkton. After tracking him through ground surveillance operations with the help of police from Pennsylvania and New Jersey, the Cecil County Sheriff decided to take to the skies.

Despite the tip, they could not see the equipment from the road. That’s where the UAV came in. Adams piloted the drone, and located the construction equipment behind a building at the rear of a property in the 2000 block of Barksdale Rd.

Police eventually seized 17 pieces of construction

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