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Wednesday
Jan022013

Pilot Catches Thief at His Florida Home During Fly-By

Charlotte County Sheriff''s Office(PUNTA GORDA, Fla.) -- Pilot David Zehntner was flying his personal plane from North Carolina to his Florida home when he decided to fly over his house and saw something unusual.

“He observed a silver truck with white camper in his driveway and lowered his altitude to get a closer look,” the Charlotte County Sheriff’s office said in a news release.  “He saw a man looking into the windows of his home then attach his red trailer and pull out of his driveway.”

Zehntner called the police and then began following the thief in his plane.

The runaway trailer was located by authorities who stopped the robber at a traffic stop.  Gary Robert Haines, 59, of Stafford, Va., was arrested and charged with grand theft, police said.  By then, Zehntner had landed his plane and came to the scene to get his trailer back.

Police found a loaded rifle and bullets inside of Haines’ pickup truck, the report said.

Haines was taken to Charlotte County jail and released on Monday on $2,500 bond.  Authorities are still investigating the theft and the weapons that were found in the pickup.

Zehntner did not respond to request for comment.

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