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Helicopter heist goes awry
« on: March 16, 2023, 05:53:07 AM »
https://www.kcra.com/article/sacramento-helicopter-theft-attempt-crash-sacramento-executive-airport/43327803#

Someone trespassed on the property and damaged four helicopters sitting on the apron, Sacramento police said. The person eventually got one chopper started, and it crashed.
ACRAMENTO, Calif. —
A thief crashed a chopper at Sacramento Executive Airport after breaking into multiple helicopters overnight, police said.

Someone trespassed on the property between 4 a.m. and 6 a.m. and tried to start four helicopters sitting on the tarmac, Sacramento police said. The person eventually got one chopper started, and it crashed.The person then fled the scene, police said. They aren't aware of any injuries.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is now in charge of the incident and said there is a person of interest. Special Agent in Charge Sean Reagan said a combination of evidence collected, witness information and surveillance video lead them to a person of interest.

However, Reagan would not reveal if or how they may be connected to Sacramento Executive Airport or the helicopter, which is owned by Capitol Helicopters.

The FBI is trying to determine why someone would want to steal a chopper and looking into several different motives.

"If someone wanted to take an aircraft for a joyride, someone who wanted to take an aircraft to do some other criminal activity or damage to other property, terrorism would be at the other end of the scope," Reagan said.