Cessna Pilot Spots Thief at His Own House

He foils theft after spying suspicious man from the air

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 2, 2013 12:03 AM CST

(Newser) – A sharp-eyed pilot foiled a theft at his Florida home after spotting a suspicious character from the air during a fly-by. After seeing an unfamiliar truck in his driveway, David Zehntner watched a man peer into his windows before driving off with his trailer attached to a pickup, NBC reports. He called police as he followed the truck down a highway; they stopped Gary Robert Haines, 59, and charged him with grand theft. "The gentleman had a plane at several points circling him at close altitude and never thought I guess that somebody might be watching," says Zehntner. Police found a loaded rifle in Haines' truck.

Gary Haines, 59, was arrested for grand theft.
Gary Haines, 59, was arrested for grand theft.   (Glade County Sheriff's Office)
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