Woman later released on probation
Santa Monica police used a drone to arrest a home burglary suspect this week. The suspect was later released on probation.
According to the Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD), on September 2, officers responded to a report of an unknown suspect climbing the fence at the rear of a home.
The arriving officers had a drone with them and used it to apprehend the suspect.
“The suspect in question was observed by the drone operator in the back of the location. Officers detained the suspect and upon further investigation determined the individual had removed a screen to the main house, but was not able to make entry through the window. The suspect then removed a screen to the ADU at the rear and successfully entered the unit,” the SMPD said.
The SMPD arrested the suspect Kourtney Stidham, a 41-year-old woman. She was detained before being released on probation by a LA County judge.