A 24-year old college student in Bologna, Italy was arrested by Italian postal police after attempting to sell a drone that had emergency-landed on his apartment’s terrace last October. The student had posted the drone, a privately-operated Microdrones quad-rotor helicopter owned by Italian startup Eye Sky, on Subito.it, an online auction site. The asking price for the $40,000 drone: 1,000 euros.
“The drone is almost brand new,” he claimed in his auction posting. “The only flaw is that it lacks the remote control: I dropped by great height and it broke.” Unfortunately, he included Eye Sky’s name along with the make and model number in the description of the drone—which identified it to police. He has been charged with misappropriation of lost property, which could result in up to a year’s jail time and fines.
Glad he got caught! The SOB tried to scam the buyers on the auction site. “I dropped the remote,” my arse. He should get 30 years!