Suspected Burglar Can't Get Away From Flying Deputies

HCSD helicopter on patrol.
Not only did an alleged burglar fail to escape with the goods on Monday, but his buddies left him, he was wrestled to the ground by his victims, and Harris County sheriff's deputies came swooping out of the sky. Talk about bad timing.

The sheriff's department has been conducting routine air patrols since October using a helicopter donated by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. And boy, have they just put it to good use.

On Monday afternoon three people allegedly burglarized a home in the 21000 block of Berry Vine Street in north Harris County, according to a sheriff's report. The homeowner, who was in the process of moving, and had his home burglarized the day before, spotted the suspects this time.

They were carrying a few of his belongings, which included television sets, near the bayou behind his home, a sheriff's deputy said. According to the sheriff's office, "The homeowner and his father-in-law confronted the burglary suspects and were able to tackle one of them." The other suspects got away.

Just above the fracas three deputies were in an aircraft being flown by Sergeant Don Plant, when they received a call about the situation. Plant spotted the homeowners holding down the unidentified suspect and landed in an open field near the scene. They arrested him and a charge of burglary of a habitation is pending. Deputies are still searching for the other suspects.

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