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U.K. Cops' Unmanned Aircraft Nabs Teenage Car Thief

Thanks to a new fleet of unmanned aircraft, British fugitives must now look above their heads instead of just over their shoulders. According to Engadget, the U.K. Home Office is rolling out a fleet of unmanned security drones, and this new task force has nabbed its first criminal. Merseyside police, who've been learning the ropes of piloting drones for about six months now, recently used thermal-imaging technology mounted on an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) to locate a 16-year-old car thief who was hiding in some bushes about 300 meters away. Once he was located, the drone sent the perp's coordinates to some cops on the ground who then arrested the kid.

The UAV reaches speeds of 30 mph, has flashing blue lights, and climbs to heights of 400 feet. An unnamed 20-year-old man was also arrested in connection with the crime, but wasn't busted by the drone; cops tracked him down the old fashioned way -- on foot. [From: Sky News, via: Engadget]

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