If you happen to own a laser pen, then what do you use it for? To keep your cat entertained as it races around trying to ‘catch’ the red or green dot? To highlight certain things during a powerpoint presentation?
I bet you have never heard of someone claiming that they use a laser pen, in order to ‘shoot racoons’ in their back yard.
But that is exactly the excuse that one person came up with after officers (USA) came knocking on their door after they decided to repeatedly shine their laser pen into the cockpit of a police helicopter.
A spokesperson for the Riverside Air Support Unit said:
‘Once again we’ve been struck by a laser and the harsh reality that not everyone follows our social media accounts.
‘Because if they did, they’d know we have some awesome technology that not only makes us really good at finding suspects hiding from cops and missing people, but it also makes us really good at locating people who like to shine lasers at aircraft.
‘Over the last couple weeks, our night crew, our friends from STAR-9 and numerous other aircraft flying into the Riverside Municipal Airport have reported green laser strikes coming from an area south of Ramona High School.
‘Tonight our crew was over the area of the Riverside Plaza when the entire cabin of the aircraft was once again illuminated by the green laser.
‘Our crew immediately put the camera on the area and located the address of the laser strikes, to include video of the suspect in his backyard hitting us with the laser.
‘Imagine his surprise when a few minutes later, officers came knocking on his door.
‘Now, we’re used to getting some ridiculous excuses from suspects, but tonight’s takes the cake.
‘Our suspect told the officers that he was shooting the laser at
‘You can clearly see on the infrared image that there were no racoons anywhere in the vicinity of his backyard.
‘Furthermore, we’re pretty sure that would be animal cruelty, which is also a crime…
‘So, spread the word and let your friends who don’t follow us know…Don’t point lasers at aircraft, or wildlife for that matter.
‘Some of us are really good at finding you and the
Although there are military-grade lasers out there which can shoot a plane out of the sky, as far as I am aware this technically has not managed to be condensed into a pen that can be purchased online!
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