Spanish police thwart jail break using remote-controlled Zeppelin

Three people have been arrested after their plan to aid the escape of an inmate from prison in Las Palmas on the Canary Islands was discovered by police. They planned to use a 13 foot long remote-controlled airship to deliver night vision goggles, climbing gear and camouflage paint to the Italian convict who would then use the equipment to escape from prison.

It is thought the inmate, identified by police as 52 year-old Giulio B, would use the gear to scale down a prison wall at night where a car would be waiting to take him into hiding.

"He would be transported to a foreign country where he would hide out while he waited for false identity documents and would continue to oversee the shipment of drugs to our country," a statement released by Spanish police said.

The three people arrested by police had sent up camp in a camouflaged tent on a hill some 600 metres away from the jail where they spent weeks observing security measures at the prison through powerful binoculars and telephoto lenses. The team of two Spaniards and a Urugauan had set up motion detection sensors around their camp to warn of anyone approaching their stake-out site.

Authorities said they learnt of the plan and intercepted the package containing the inflatable zeppelin when it arrived in the Canary Islands from Bergamo.

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4 Responses:

  1. mooflyfoof says:

    I have a friend who's from Trinidad. He says the police have zeppelins like this that they're supposed to use for general surveillance and peacekeeping. Turns out, though, that when they deploy them low enough to be useful, they get shot down. So I guess they're for appearances only.

  2. novadrome says:

    Most. Awesome. Prison. Break. Attempt. Ever.

  3. hadlock says:

    Wouldn't it be easier to just Build A Bigger Zeppelin? Maybe with rocket assist to get him over the wall.

  4. shandrew says:

    Folks in the US have been using RC planes to drop cell phones into prisons. Pretty simple and cheap to do, and the planes are fast enough that they don't get spotted.

    A white-colored blimp screams "I ORDERED FROM EBAY AND THEY SENT ME THE WRONG COLOR".