David Zehntner was in his plane, flying from North Carolina to his Florida home when he decided to fly over his house and saw something unusual.
"He observed a silver truck with white camper in his driveway and lowered his altitude to get a closer look," the Charlotte County Sheriff's office said in a news release. "He saw a man looking into the windows of his home then attach his red trailer and pull out of his driveway."
Zehntner called police and followed the thief in his plane.
Authorities arrested the suspect, Gary Robert Haines, 59, of Stafford, Va., and charged him with grand theft, police said. By then, Zehntner had landed his plane and came to the scene to get his trailer back.
Police found a loaded rifle and ammunition inside of Haines' pickup truck, the report said.
Haines was taken to Charlotte County jail and released Monday on $2,500 bond. Authorities were still investigating the theft and the weapons found in the pickup.
Zehntner did not respond to request for comment.
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