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Thursday, June 30, 2005

Many questions, few answers in plane theft

No federal charges filed, no one is saying how the person got into the airport or how he was able to steal the plane, and no word from Homeland Security.

Do you still feel safe?

From The Danbury News-Times
The investigation is still under way into how someone stole an airplane on the night of June 22 at Danbury Municipal Airport.

Meanwhile, workers welded a broken gate Wednesday at Arrow Aviation from where the plane was allegedly taken.

No one is saying for sure how Bethel resident Philippe Patricio and two young friends got onto the airfield.


Patricio was remanded into state custody without bail after his alleged joyride from Danbury to Westchester County Airport. The 20-year-old Patricio was charged with driving while intoxicated, possession of stolen property and reckless endangerment.

U.S. Attorney Kevin O'Connor said he hasn't filed any charges against anyone yet, "but there are potential violations of federal law."

O'Connor said those charges could be filed either in Connecticut or New York. He is working with state officials to see where they will be filed, if they're filed at all.

You would think that after the events of 9-11, the theft of an airplane alone would be a violation of some federal law and he would of been charged with some crime by now.