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Janesville Police use drone to catch tire slasher

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JANESVILLE, Wis. (WTVO) — Janesville Police say they used a drone to pick up the heat signature of a man suspected of slashing 13 tires and causing $1,400 worth of damage.

Police say they were called to the 1000 block of Bouchard Avenue around 9:30 p.m. on Sunday, August 11th, where they learned a male suspect had damaged the tires with a knife.

Shortly afterwards, according to police, a neighbor saw a man on his property matching the suspect description, and when he tried to stop him, the suspect fled on foot.

Officers sent up a drone and located the suspect’s heat signature along a creek, next to a bike trail.

A K9 unit was deployed and the UAV controller was able to direct officers to the suspects location as he was laying in the water, hiding from the police.

The suspect, identified as 53-year-old Jerry Van Cannon, was arrested and charged with Disorderly Conduct, Criminal Damage to Property and Bail Jumping.

Van Cannon was taken to the Rock County Jail.

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