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A thief and his dog make off with expensive drones

Published: October 1, 2015

A man carrying a puppy in and out of a HobbyTown store in St. Charles, Ill. is suspected of stealing two drones with a total value of $1,700. 

The crime took place on Aug. 22, according to owner Summer Davis, when the shop was busy with customers, and the owners were getting ready to head to an event. Security video shows a man walking into the shop with a puppy under his arm, chatting with other customers and declining staff offers for help. He then took two drones on multiple trips in and out of the store. The footage shows he was holding the dog the whole time. 

Co-owner Jeremy Dale, who says he even petted the dog, calls the incident “ridiculous.” Davis adds this is the first time their store has experienced such a “brazen” theft.

“It's kind of bold,” St. Charles deputy police chief David Kintz says. “[Drones are] not cheap.”

A $350 AerialFreaks Hyper 400 quadcopter and a $1,350 DJI Phantom 3 Professional were stolen. The AerialFreaks quadcopter is a race drone and can be hard for an inexperienced enthusiast to fly, Davis says.