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UFO seen flying over New Jersey was actually a police drone

The unidentified flying object or UFO that was reported flying over New Jersey was actually a police drone according to law enforcement officials. The drone was used to track down two suspects who robbed a local Home Depot according to the Township of Union Police Department.

UFO is actually police drone

On Tuesday afternoon at 5:49 p.m. the police received a 911 call that two suspects had fled the Home Depot store with stolen merchandise. One of them had pulled a knife on a store loss-prevention employee. The suspects were seen leaving the scene in a Lexus by one of the Home Depot employees.

According to authorities, the suspect tried to elude a marked police car that followed them. They abandoned the vehicle after striking the curb twice at the entrance of the Garden State Parkway.

Union Police Sgt. Dan Hanselmann was able to apprehend the driver of the vehicle and take him into custody. The passenger jumped over the guardrail and headed towards the Kawameeh swamp. This triggered a large-scale search, that included a police drone, in the heavily wooded area but the suspect still remains at large, said police.

According to the News12 New Jersey newsroom people were calling in with possible UFO sightings.

Rashon Plant, the 45-year-old driver of the Lexus, told officer Hanselmann that he had been carjacked by the other armed suspect. However, police investigators determined that the driver was, in fact, part of the shoplifting plan after reviewing the surveillance video from the Home Depot. In the trunk of the Lexus, the police found about $2,000 worth of various tools, police said.

Police investigators are still trying to identify and locate the suspect who got away.


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Haye Kesteloo is the Editor in Chief and Main Writer at DroneDJ, where he covers all drone related news and writes product reviews. He also contributes to the other sites in the 9to5Mac group such as; 9to5Mac, 9to5Google, 9to5Toys and Electrek. Haye can be reached at or @hayekesteloo