11 23 2014
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Police officer with Drone

In this Oct, 25, 2012 file photo, Seattle Police Officer Jim Britt demonstrates the unmanned aeriall vehicle during an informational meeting where the police answered questions about their drone program, at the Garfield Community Center in Seattle. The mayor of Seattle ended the police department's drone program after local residents protested in 2013. Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said Thursday, June 5, 2014 that he's aware of the controversy over drones and he'll talk to privacy and civil rights groups before deciding whether to use a pair of radio-controlled aerial surveillance craft transferred from the Seattle PD. LAPD officials have said they hope to use the Seattle equipment for standoffs and suspect searches, like the robot they use for suspicious packages. (AP Photo/The Seattle Times, Colin Diltz, File)

Joe Vaughn of Skyris Imaging in Portland, Oregon, says he owns the unmanned aerial device that alarmed a Seattle woman concerned about a "peeping drone."

KING-TV reports says he contacted Seattle police when he learned of the news story to let them know who he was and what had happened.

He says he was hired by a developer in Seattle to snap a few photos of various points of interest. He says his company only flies over properties where they have permission.

Vaughn says he also reached out to the woman who was concerned when she spotted a drone outside her 26th floor downtown Seattle apartment window on Sunday morning while she was getting dressed.

Seattle police tell KOMO-TV they're still investigating, but right now they don't believe the company broke any laws.

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Information from: KING-TV, http://www.king5.com/

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