Sus­pects in Pa. ‘drone rob­bery’ nabbed near Elk­ton

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By CARL HAMIL­TON

ca­hamil­ton@ce­cil­whig.com

— Ce­cil County Sher­iff’s Of­fice deputies cap­tured two men and a woman at an Elk­ton-area mo­tel late last week, af-

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ter the trio al­legedly stole more than $3,500 worth of drones from a Penn­syl­va­nia hobby store, po­lice re­ported.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors iden­ti­fied the sus­pects as Kelsey Ni­cole Long, 23, of Conowin- go; and Joshua Matthew Day, 31, and John Wes­ley Poore, 23, both of Elk­ton.

Ac­cord­ing to Penn­syl­va­nia State Po­lice, the three­some stands ac­cused of rob­bing Ex­treme RC Hob­bies in East Dru­more Town­ship, which is in Lan­caster County, at about 2:30 p.m. on May 26, po­lice said. They al­legedly stole four quad drones val­ued at $3,649, po­lice added.

Dur­ing the rob­bery, Day al­legedly grabbed an em­ployee by the throat and forced him to the ground, ac­cord­ing to po­lice.

“I be­lieve it was one of those dis­trac­tion schemes, where one or more of the sus­pects gets the at­ten­tion of the em­ployee or owner while the other sus­pect or sus­pects steals prop­erty,” said Lt. Michael Holmes, a CCSO spokesman.

Wit­nesses were able to get a de­scrip­tion of the sus­pects’ ve­hi­cle, in­clud­ing its li­cense plate num­ber, as they sped away from the store, po­lice re­ported.

CCSO in­ves­ti­ga­tors were able to iden­tify the owner of the ve­hi­cle through MVA com­puter records and, from there, they were able to track it down to the mo­tel near Elk­ton, where the three sus­pects were ar­rested and charged as fugi­tives from Penn­syl­va­nia, ac­cord­ing to po­lice.

“We re­cov­ered the stolen drones, which, I un­der­stand, were ex­pen­sive. They were in four boxes. They were still in our ev­i­dence room on Fri­day, but I be­lieve we have since re­turned them,” Holmes said.

Maryland State Po­lice as­sisted CCSO dur­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

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