The disc jockey being aired was a certain Bobby Bones, who hosts a popular program broadcast here in east Tennessee. As a part of his daily broadcast, he often talks about less than astute crooks who attempt crimes, only to be caught by either their own ineptitude and/or else just plain bad luck.
The particular story he featured today had to do with several unfortunate villains down in Seminole County, Florida. According to a September 14th Orlando Sentinel article titled “Ring Camera Alert to Seminole Sheriff’s Helicopter Pilot Led to Arrests of Deltona Vehicle Burglars, Cops Say”, it seems that…
A Seminole County Sheriff’s Office helicopter pilot was out on a flight early Sunday when he spotted a group of vehicle burglars — not from the air, but through an alert from his home’s doorbell camera, authorities said.
According to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office, the Seminole pilot was airborne about 2 a.m. when his personal Ring camera alerted him of a teen dressed in black clothing attempting to open the passenger door of a white truck parked outside his home.
The teen and another young person were checking for unlocked cars as an Acura RDX SUV followed the pair through the pilot’s Deltona neighborhood, a VCSO press release said.
The pilot alerted Volusia authorities, who spotted the SUV from the air. Deputies tried to pull it over, but it sped off into Seminole County, officials said. Deputies later used stop sticks to pop the SUV’s tires. Helicopter footage shows the suspects jumping out the moving car in Sanford as it slowed down.
Three teenagers were taken into custody, ages 14, 15 and 16, VCSO spokesman Andrew Gant said. He said the teens have been linked by investigators to several car break-ins in Deltona. Gant said the SUV had been reported stolen. Inside, he said deputies found several wallets, a ski mask and a window breaching tool.
Now, it likely comes as no surprise to my regular readers that the preacher in me cannot help but see the preachable point in all of this. And that is this: “You can run, but you can’t hide!”
After all, what we have here is the essence of mankind’s predicament in a nutshell. As God’s Word makes plain, we chose to sin against God, hoping against hope that we would somehow get away with it. But from the very moment we chose to do so, God was watching us from up above. Naturally, we naively attempted to run and hide in an attempt to conceal our nefarious activity. Alas, however, run though we might, we could never really hide from Almighty God!
Adam and Eve tried it in Genesis chapter 3. Every person who has ever lived since then has also tried it in one form or another. But all to no avail! For we can run from God, but we can never hide from Him!
Thankfully, however, we do not have to hide from God. Even though He knows of our guilt, even though we and He both know that we deserve to pay the price for our transgression against Him, He still offers us mercy and forgiveness. And that, my friends, is the essence of grace.
As the Bible says…
4But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.
8For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.
Praise God for His amazing grace!