Man arrested for crashing drone into Waterside apt.

Karma drone

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Police arrested a 24-year-old man last Wednesday at 3:45 p.m. for crashing his drone through an apartment window at Waterside Plaza last Saturday. Shane Smith, a resident of East 33rd Street, reportedly flew the toy through the window of a 66-year-old resident’s apartment.

Peter Davis, general manager of Waterside Plaza, told Town & Village after the incident that flying drones in the area is especially dangerous because Waterside Plaza is adjacent to spots where helicopters and seaplanes frequently land.

A representative for DCPI said it was likely that investigators tracked the drone back to Smith through the registered serial number.

“I appreciate the NYPD’s diligence on this,” Davis said after Smith’s arrest. “We got very lucky that no one was hurt but I hope all the publicity will persuade others to be more careful in the future.”

Smith was charged with criminal mischief and was issued a desk appearance ticket, with his next court appearance on May 2. It is illegal to fly drones in the city except in certain parks.

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