Police officers in Daytona Beach made their first-ever arrest using a drone Wednesday when they found a man accused of attempted burglary hiding on a roof, a department spokeswoman said.
Officers first saw 23-year-old Anthony Rivers Jr. just before 3 a.m. pacing around a backyard pool on North Oleander Street, according to his arrest affidavit. As they prepared to approach him, Rivers saw them in full uniform and started running, jumping over a 15-foot fence into the next property, an officer later wrote.
It took officers about two hours to find him again, records show. In the meantime, they found a neighbor who said someone just broke a glass panel on his door, and than he saw Rivers pacing around his backyard, records show.
Suddenly officers heard a loud crash from the lot Rivers had jumped into, police said. They spotted Rivers, who climbed onto the roof of a shed and jumped across