Pilot spots theft at his house while flying airplane

Virginia man arrested on grand theft charges in Florida

Published On: Jan 01 2013 07:14:23 AM EST   Updated On: Jan 02 2013 08:04:57 AM EST
Pilot spots theft
LaBELLE, Fla. -

A Florida man flying home from North Carolina was piloting his plane over his own home when he noticed a man stealing a trailer, officials said.

David Zehntner was flying over his home in LaBelle on Sunday when he saw a truck in his driveway. He lowered his altitude to get a closer look and saw a man attaching Zehntner's trailer to the truck.

Zehntner followed the truck and called the Glades County Sheriff's Office from the air. Glades deputies contacted the Lee County Sheriff's Office, which found the truck as it headed into Charlotte County.

Gary Haines, 59, of Virginia, was arrested and charged with grand theft. He was released Monday from the Charlotte County Jail on $2,500 bond. It's not clear whether he's retained an attorney.