Steven Lynn said he went flying Sunday with pilot David Hudson and another friend and they decided to fly over Lynn's Jonesboro home, KAIT-TV, Jonesboro, reported Wednesday.
"When I took him over his house, there were a couple of guys loading up a bunch of stuff," Hudson said. "I was like, someone is stealing stuff down there."
Lynn said he called his uncle to investigate and the two men fled in a truck when he arrived.
Hudson and Lynn followed the truck in the air and explained its route to deputies.
"They were giving us turn by turn directions and giving us a description by county road," Deputy Sheriff Phillip Wheaton said.
The men, identified as Jonesboro residents Roosevelt Smith III and Joseph Peel, were pulled over and arrested on Highway 158.
"When we saw the cops pull up it was just pure excitement," Lynn said. "The odds that we were flying over the house at the exact time they were there, are almost zero."