Daytona Beach Police arrest attempted burglary suspect with help of drone

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Daytona Beach Police Department says for the first time, its officers have arrested a suspect with the help of a drone.

  • Daytona Beach PD use drone to arrest suspect
  • Used drone to find suspect on top of roof
  • 23-year-old suspect accused of attempted burglary

It’s a highlight of law enforcement agencies investing in high-tech tools.

Sgt. Tim Ehrenkaufer says officers were called out to North Oleander Avenue in Daytona Beach around 3 a.m. Wednesday to the report of a suspicious person.

The suspect, who is accused of attempting to burglarize a home, led officers on a short chase, eventually climbing onto the roof of a four-unit house on North Peninsula Drive.

“He was up on the roof, it’s pitch black, and within a minute of the drone going up with the FLIR (forward-looking infrared), we found him,” Ehrenkaufer said.

Officers say when they first spotted 23-year-old Anthony Rivers Jr. a few houses away, he

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