HCSD helicopter on patrol.
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.
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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.