LANCASTER – A thief who stole speakers from Walmart and fought with an employee before running off was captured a short time later, thanks to Lancaster’s Law Enforcement Aerial Platform System (L.E.A.P.S.), authorities said.
The incident happened around 5 p.m. Friday (Sept. 20) at the Walmart Supercenter at 1731 E Avenue J, according to Lancaster Community Relations deputy Miguel Ruiz.
A man, later identified as 22-year-old Robert Babcock, was seen taking two stereo speakers from the store, and he was approached by a Walmart Loss Prevention officer, Ruiz stated.
Babcock allegedly began to fight with the employee and then ran from the location, Ruiz stated.
Lancaster deputies responded to Walmart for the strong-arm robbery call, but prior to their arrival, the “Eye in the Sky” spotted the suspect.
The surveillance plane captured video footage of Babcock running through the shopping center’s parking lot, Ruiz stated
With assistance from the Sheriff’s Department Aero Bureau Helicopter, both resources were able to guide ground deputies to the suspect’s location, according to Ruiz.
Babcock was captured without incident and arrested on suspicion of commercial burglary. He was booked at the Lancaster Station Jail on $20,000 bond.