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FIRST ON 3: Police using SABLE Helicopter to track down suspect

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- A vehicle break-in this morning in the parking lot of the Mill Creek Apartments off Kerr Avenue in Wilmington prompted Wilmington Police to call on SABLE to find their suspect.

The break-in happened around 2 a.m. Police say the suspect is a black male wearing all black. Police say he ran into the woods and they needed the light from the helicopter to search for him. Police don't know the name of the suspect and were not able to locate him.

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My Home

I just moved here and I live at Mill Creek. If it were my car or my home that got broken into I'd want the police to do whatever it takes to catch the criminal.
Consider that whoever this man is he probably is guilty of other crimes of a more serious nature.
Of course the whiners only want to complain until it happens to them.

I wonder who benefits when it's flying?

I'd like to know who gets paid when it flies. Do the officers and pilots get overtime, call-in pay, hazardous duty pay, etc? Money may be the biggest motivator for calling for a takeoff. The second biggest motivator is probably the thrill of buzzing Wilmington with a helicopter. Actually getting good value out of the use of the equipment is probably way down on the list.

And it is way too noisy.

SABLE

Why on earth would you NOT want SABLE to be in the air to help stop crimes??? That is SO small-minded! They get funding from drug seizure monies, not taxpayer dollars! Read up on it! And to say that you hate hearing it overhead - is stupid. I LIKE knowing that the law enforcement in this area are doing what they can to cut down on crime - any crime - because it should not be as bad as it obviously is in this area that is my hometown.

Stop whining - at least law officers are doing something constructive to cut down on crime - what are YOU doing about it????

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How much did that cost the taxpayers?

What a waste of tax dollars,

What a waste of tax dollars, not to mention the hundred and some odd people that helicopter woke up at 2 am hovering over the apartment complex. don't get me wrong I want the sory p.o.s. in jail just as much as the car owner, but was it worth it. Lets use these resources for major crimes. oh thats right, those take too musch effort for WPD to take on.

I'd like to see you out in a

I'd like to see you out in a police officers job, I bet you'd shit yourself just like a little baby. Quit bitching, because when someone robs you, no one will care. Sidenote: It doesn't use taxpayer dollars, i'm 16 and I know this... read up smartass.

A stat!

You need statistics to justify the existence of SABLE. A year from now nobody will remember the incident but the statistics will indicate another justifiable use of the asset. It's all a numbers game so they have the "toy" when the "big one" happens.

For under Three Dollars

A good man-stopping bullet costs about $1.00. Three, well placed in the chest, no need for all that fuel for the chopper.

Complete waste of $$$$$

For the love of god, I hope that after getting SABLE involved they at least caught him!!!! I see that chopper in the air all the time and at all hours of the morning, so they must do this all the time.

Are you serious?

a helicopter to track down a breaking and entering suspect?

What was it? A Rolls Royce?

Were shots fired? Was anyone in physical danger? Maybe the bystanders who saw the chopper being called for died of laughter?

well

What a total WASTE of money. Even if they did catch him he would have been let go with a slap on the wrist. That is how NHC courts work. Save the helicopter for serious crime .

I

for one am TIRED OF HEARING the stupid thing hovering all the time!