Thieves caught on camera stealing drones from Aurora store

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AURORA, Colo. -- Police are searching for two men who tried stealing three drones from a Remote Control Hobbies store on Monday afternoon, the Aurora Police Department said.

The thieves are seen on surveillance video walking around the store at 15450 East Smoky Hill Road looking at remote control cars and planes.

Within about five minutes, they head to a front display, featuring the popular “Phantom” drone series. The men then pick up three boxes and run out the front door. Two employees ran after them.

“Chris [an employee] actually managed to knock one of the items they tried stealing out of their hands,” said Andrew Jones, the store’s manager.

The employee prevented that item, valued at $800, from being stolen. One of the other boxes was completely empty; it was just used for display. The thieves did get away with a Phantom 4, which cost $1,400.

“They had a car waiting for them with a getaway driver,” Jones said.

The driver, a female, was in a 1990s model gold Honda Accord, according to Jones. The vehicle had temporary plates and tinted windows.

The men were likely in their mid- to late 20s and were roughly 5-foot-10, Jones said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Aurora police at 303-627-3100 or Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867.