At the end of December, 2016, at approximately 2200, a Southern California Agency’s Air Support Unit using an AeroComputers UC-6000 was requested to assist with a call regarding a commercial burglary that had just occurred. It was discovered that suspects had broken into a fitness gym that was under construction. Once the suspects gained entry they burrowed through the wall into an adjacent Verizon wireless store. Once the suspects gained entry to the Verizon store, they pried a safe open, stealing cash deposits and approximately 100 cell phones and tablets with an estimated value of $65,000.00.
The movement of the devices activated a tracking system that was sent to store representatives and relayed to police dispatch. The location information was given to the crew in the form of latitude and longitude. This was input into the AeroComputers onboard moving map system. This directed the crew to the northbound 405 freeway. Upon arrival to the location, the pilot placed the helicopter in a tactical orbit, allowing the TFO to narrow the search to four cars out of hundreds which were stopped due to traffic. The TFO relayed this information to the officers on the ground. Officers approached the vehicles and quickly determined which was the suspect vehicle, arresting the four occupants and recovering all of the stolen merchandise and cash.
The Air Crew were commended for their professionalism and expertise in locating these criminals and recovering the stolen merchandise.
Another successful mission aided by the powerful capabilities of the AeroComputers UC-6000!