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Police Helicopter "Sees In The Dark" To Nab Suspects

A call to 911 for the sound of breaking glass turns into a high speed chase for Omaha Police. But thanks to eyes in the sky, the suspects did not get away.

In what started as a vehicle break-in at 113th and Evans in Omaha, quickly developed into what could have been a high speed pursuit. But thanks to Omaha's police helicopter, or Able-1 as it's called, officers on the ground did not have to chase the suspects.

At 1:30 Saturday morning, Able-1 pilots used their infrared camera to keep an eye on the fleeing car. With the infrared camera, even in the dark, anything warm shows up bright white.

Officer Matt Baughman was in the air Saturday morning and helped track the suspects.

“The vehicle is hot as it's driving down the road,” said Baughman. “When the two occupants got out, they both were very hot, especially after running for a little ways. And the officers on the ground followed their foot prints in the snow. And we told them where the last spot we saw them was based on their heat signatures.”

Even though they don't get to actually make the arrest, the guys who provide eyes in the sky know how important their role is.

“We get pretty excited in the helicopter,” Baughman said. “You can't see that. That's what we're there for. We're there to take away the risk and the liability involved in a pursuit. And when we get to go up in the air, and when we're in the air when something like that happens, and we get involved, and it ends up in an apprehension, that's huge.”

While the initial break-in happened near 108th and Maple, Able-1 followed the suspects all the way to a 92nd and Mockingbird, about four miles away.


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