Drone helps capture Gardner burglary suspect

Moorhead man found, arrested in cornfield thanks to eye in the sky.

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Stephen Patrick Murphy

GARDNER, N.D. — Deputies from the Cass County Sheriff's Office used a drone to capture a burglary suspect in a cornfield near Gardner, about 25 miles north of Fargo, early Friday morning, July 16.

The department said a homeowner confronted Stephen Patrick Murphy, a 31-year-old Moorhead man, after he said he saw him carrying a box from a trailer on his property about 5:15 a.m.

Murphy then fled into a nearby cornfield.

Deputies set up a perimeter around the field and they were able to locate and arrest Murphy without incident with assistance from a drone. He was taken to the Cass County Jail.

After the arrest, the sheriff's office said a second suspect had apparently fled the scene prior to law enforcement arriving.


With the help of the Traill County Sheriff's Office, deputies found and interviewed a second suspect, whose name wasn't released, in Hillsboro. He may also face charges.

Murphy is facing charges of felony burglary, possession of meth and possession of paraphernalia.

The case remains under investigation.

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