Suspects in Pa. ‘drone robbery’ nabbed near Elkton
— Cecil County Sheriff’s Office deputies captured two men and a woman at an Elkton-area motel late last week, af-
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.