Suspected burglar caught ‘hiding in dark’ by drone at Walsall industrial unit

A young man and teenage boy have been arrested after an industrial unit was broken into in Walsall. West Midlands Police deployed a drone at the scene after it was called to Brownhills last night, April 7.

The drone pilot spotted the pair running through the compound, before one scaled a fence and ran towards a canal located nearby. Drone footage published by police showed a figure standing in the darkness before they were surrounded by two people outside a large building.

A 20-year-old man was arrested on the canal towpath at around 2.30am today, April 8, while a 16-yearpold boy was also detained at the site. Both remain in custody this afternoon.

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A van carrying what was ‘suspected stolen metal’ was also seized nearby. WMP Eye In The Sky, the Twitter account for the police force’s drone pilots, said: “Our nights crew deployed to a metal theft incident last night. Well hidden and in the dark, our offender thought waiting it out would be enough.

“Wrong! Great containment and arrest by Walsall @ResponseWMP. Unseen by officers on the ground until our drone arrived. ”

A West Midlands Police spokesperson added: “We arrested two suspected burglars in the early hours of this morning after responding to calls of a break-in at an industrial unit. Our drone pilot spotted the pair running through a compound in Brownhills, Walsall, before one scaled a fence and ran towards the canal.

“We arrested a 20-year-old man on the canal towpath at around 2.30am; a 16-year-old lad was also detained at the site and both remain in custody. We’ve seized a van parked nearby which was loaded with what we believe is stolen metal.

“We have officers patrolling the region 24-7 and through the night – and they’re supported by specialist units like our drones team. We now have a total of 15 drones in our fleet.

“They play an important role in a range of operations, including finding missing people, tracking crime suspects, and policing protests.”

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