Hot air balloon theft is a pretty UNCOMMON crime . . . and this is why. Those balloons have distinct patterns on them. And they're huge. So when you fly your stolen balloon, you REALLY give yourself away.
Someone stole a $30,000 hot air balloon from a guy in Bloomington, Indiana earlier this year.
And the thief was just busted . . . after flying it at a hot air balloon festival.
The festival was in Florida, and the cops there got a tip from the police in Indiana to keep their eyes out for the balloon. They also sent over a photo of what it looks like.
So the cops in Florida scoured the festival and spotted it.
The owner of the balloon decided not to press charges against the thief . . . he just wanted his balloon back. And a tow company is going to drive it back to Indiana for him.
(Here'sa picture of the stolen balloon.)