ROANOKE COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — A stolen drone is now in the hands of it’s rightful owner.
The high-tech device was taken from the Roanoke Valley Children’s Choir (RVCC) at Green Hill Park Saturday, Oct. 17.
“Five minutes that it was on the ground. Five minutes that it was put over by the parking lot,” said Kim Davidson, Director of the RVCC.
The local arts organization was recording a performance for its upcoming holiday concert. The setup required a drone, and after more than three hours of recording, leaders couldn’t find the device.
“We searched the field for two hours with flashlights and we drove our car on the field,” Davidson said.
Until then, the RVCC didn’t have any issues with adapting to the coronavirus pandemic. Like many businesses and organizations, the group had to make creative changes like conducting virtual rehearsals and utilizing new technology.
After desperately searching for the drone, Davidson called the Roanoke County Police Department. Police were able to track down a suspect at a home, but the drone wasn’t found inside.
It wasn’t until the next day, that the circumstance took a turn for the better.
“I saw this stuff laying in the field. I thought it was trash or something. And it was actually a drone,” said Mike Finney, a Roanoke County resident.
Finney is a frequent visitor of Green Hill Park. He often spends his Sunday mornings taking his two dogs for a walk. While enjoying the fresh air, he happened to stumble upon the missing drone and a phone, which was attached.
“I’m glad the owners got it back because this particular model and phone was quite expensive,” Finney said.
After posting about his finding in an online neighborhood forum, the drone was returned to Davidson. She picked the device up on Monday, Oct. 19, which also happened to be her birthday.
“This just saves our organization so much work. I’m just so excited,” said Davidson.
Finney says he’s glad he was able to do the right thing and help out someone in need.
“You need to have some integrity, so that’s me,” Finney said.