Airplane stolen at Cottonwood AZ airport 12/31/20

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  1. PeterNSteinmetz

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    Fly it like you stole it, of course
     
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    Take it south of the border, make 1 drug run with it back to the USA, then abandon it.
     
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    Or park it right back where you got it from and pretend nothing ever happened. ;)
     
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    So how did that work out fer ya..?? :smilewinkgrin:
     
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    Just gotta do it while the owner is out of town and won’t be around to check on it for a day or two...:p

    @Rgbeard - when did you say you were going out of town again?
     
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    I f'n hate criminals.
     
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    Airplane Repo is back?
     
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    Haha yeah at what, like 90 knots?
     
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    I was hangin' out at the bar - and the bartender will vouch for me.
     
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    :yeahthat: The thieves probably didn't even know or care what was in it... now they gotta dispose of something big and conspicuous... and could be facing federal charges... :yikes:
     
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    Shortly after I got my first plane my, and several other hangars, were broken into and the 172 next to mine was stolen and wrecked. My plane was in the flight schools hangar at another airport where I was taking lessons or mine would have been taken.

    This took place in the Houston area and the FBI got heavily involved thinking it was an attempt by a terrorist to crash a plane into a nearby chemical plant.

    In the end it was a guy that got drunk and decided to fulfill his lifelong fantasy of flying an airplane. He made it to the power lines a mile or so south of the runway. The plane hung up in the power lines by its propped and the plane hit tail-first, crushing the fuselage up to the back of the wings.

    The drunk didn’t get a scratch, managed to get out of the plane and walked home. He turned himself into the local sherrif’s office after seeing a news conference by the FBI and homeland security announcing there search for the possible terrorist. He got 5- or 10-years in a federal pen.

    I don’t leave my keys in my plane while it’s in my hangar like I used to.

    gary
     
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    https://www.chron.com/news/houston-...unken-birthday-led-to-plane-caper-1523434.php

    The guy has been arrested multiple times since for some pretty serious charges. He got 6 years for the plane heist.
     
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    Wow. 5-10 year? Under state law it seems like a theft of that value would be a lot less.
     
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    Broke into 16 hangars. Earlier burglary charge and had other brushes with the law, including driving while intoxicated, driving with a suspended license and unauthorized use of a vehicle. So it wasn't a one off thing.
     
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    Wouldn’t it be a federal problem - not state?
     
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    Yeah, If I was a betting man I would put my money on this.
     
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    This is where I based at when doing my photo shoots in Sedona. In fact, I parked right there a few times to use the restroom that is on the end of the hangars.

    [​IMG]
     
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    I had assumed that and that that was one of the reasons the penalty was so severe. However, not so sure now. Is it a Federal crime to steal something off an airport necessarily? Seems like a common law theft.
     
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    Technically, although my Google has failed me at the moment, pretty much anything "Aviation" is under federal rule and treated as a federal crime. Often times the FBI will defer the investigation and prosecution to the local law enforcement in minor cases.
     
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    Trigear lives matter!
     
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    Maybe the thief just wanted to put a trigear Kitfox out of its misery...
     
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    Lord help me, I've been looking at a tricycle gear Maule for a photo plane... I used one before and it's so easy to fly it seems to fit the Cessna slogan of land-o-matic.
     
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    I mean, I feel the same way as I fly the Cardinal every week.
     
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    At least a Cardinal is a pretty plane!
     
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    What's the saying - beauty is as beauty does?
     
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    I did a demo flight in a tri gear Maule one time...the salesman said I was the first person he’d Demo’d to that didn’t touch down nose wheel first. :eek:
     
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    Strange. I never had that problem! It was a great flying plane.
     
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    I suspect he normally demo’d to dyed-in-the-wool nosedragger pilots.
     
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    I remember that well. Nobody knew what had happened, since the airplane was found hanging in the wires with nobody around. They found an open hangar and put the pieces together eventually...
     
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    All the King's men couldn't put the plane back together again. Have you let the King's horses try?