CLEBURNE, Texas -- Police in Cleburne are investigating the theft of
multiple drones and other expensive camera equipment used by law
The gear was stolen late last week from Johnson
County Emergency Management Director Jamie Moore's vehicle, which was
parked at his Cleburne home in his driveway overnight.
"They targeted my vehicle for sure," said Moore. "I don't think they knew what they would find."
said he discovered the theft Friday morning when his kids walked out
the door and saw the doors of his red SUV left open. He said the thieves
took most of the technology that was stored inside.
"We're right at the $30,000-mark in technology stolen out of this vehicle," Moore said.
of the gear was his own personal camera equipment, but much of it was
owned by Johnson County, including multiple state-of-the-art drones.
Emergency Management Director, Moore has been a leader in law
enforcement drones. WFAA has profiled his work in the past, deploying
drones across North Texas and beyond in rescue operations, missing
persons cases and other situations.
This fall, his drones were
deployed in response to Hurricane Harvey and in the search for Sherin
Mathews. This theft, Moore said, is a setback.
"It's more than
just stuff. This is somebody's life," he said. "And they just took away
our ability to deal with that, and that's extremely frustrating."
is working with Cleburne police to investigate the theft. He is hopeful
that whoever is responsible will be apprehended, and some of the gear
returned, but he says it should be a wakeup call to everyone about how
vehicles can become targets.
"Especially around Christmas time, when you see an increase in vehicle thefts," he said.
forward, Moore said he will not keep his personal camera equipment in
his vehicle again, but he does not have that luxury for some of the
drone equipment, which needs to be ready to go.
Instead, he's having a new custom security system installed on his truck.
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