Authorities arrested a 16-year-old after he allegedly shined a laser beam at an airplane attempting to land at the Sydney airport Sunday in Australia.
The teenager shined the laser beam at the aircraft from his backyard, according to an article published by 9 News. The unidentified teen was arrested and taken to Kogarah Police Station, the outlet reported. He was later released under the Young Offenders Act, according to 9 News.
NSW Police arrested a teenager last night for allegedly shining a laser beam at a commercial passenger plane trying to land at Sydney Airport. https://t.co/CZjI1X8Z8w
— Nine.com.au (@Ninecomau) May 10, 2021
A police helicopter, PolAir, was also targeted with a laser after being called in to investigate, the outlet reported.
Laser beam attacks on aircraft in Sydney have been on the rise, 9 News previously reported.
Aviation Commander Detective Superintendent Brad Monk told the outlet that police intend to prosecute those who break the law.
“Remember, we have a birds-eye-view from the air and can easily identify where a laser beam is coming from,” Monk said.
“If you’re caught breaking the law, we will find you and you’ll be prosecuted.”
Police have recorded at least a dozen incidents where people have shined laser beams at police helicopters and other aviation, according to 9 News. Police previously arrested a man after he temporarily blinded an officer after shining a laser at a helicopter multiple times.