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Drone owner located after device lands in family’s backyard


Jonathan Carlson

(WXYZ) Allen Park, Mich. –


Allen Park Police say the owner of the Drone came forward Friday morning, after seeing this report.

The device has been returned to him.

Officers say the owner is from Lincoln Park, and got the Drone as a gift. He put it in the air from a local school, and lost it in the trees. His daughter was taking a live feed of what the on-board camera was displaying, but its not believed anything was recorded, nor was he trying to intentionally invade anyone’s privacy.

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A mystery drone is the talk of Allen Park, as a family there watched the flying device land in their backyard. The operator–nowhere to be found.

“We freaked out,” said homeowner Roman Urista. He and his family were sitting in the backyard around a fire recently, when the drone hovered overhead, lights on and propellers roaring. It crash landed in the family’s yard, still buzzing.

“It didn’t look like a hobby toy to me,” said Urista.

The Drone, valued at around $500, was equipped with an onboard camera.

The family was scared to go near the drone, and once they saw the recording device, they called police.

“If I lived in the neighborhood, I would be a little concerned,” said Lt. Dave Williams with the Allen Park Police Department.

“There’s no markings of ownership on it,” he said.

Which means whoever it belongs to remains a mystery the Urista family and officers would like to solve.

Police say flying a drone on a public street is legal, and due to privacy laws they can’t watch what was recorded.

Police are hoping the owner contacts them to claim the device.

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