Monday, December 28, 2009

Airplane Theft

On 12/28/2009, at 2:14 am, the Frederick Police Department was notified that a small single engine Piper Super Cub airplane had crashed on the runway of the Frederick Airport. When officers arrived on scene, they were informed by a Frederick City employee/witness that a white male, approximately 50-60 years of age, was operating the aircraft on the runway when he lost control and crashed into the grass area adjacent to one of the runways. The male operating the aircraft then ran from the area. Officers from the Frederick Police Department, Maryland Sate Police and the Frederick County Sheriff’s office began a joint investigation into the crash and location of the male operating the aircraft.

Deputy First Class Ruppenthal and his K9 partner Bayco began a K-9 track in the area and with the assistance of the Maryland State Police helicopter, Trooper 3, located a man in the woods near the airport. The man matched the description of the pilot and was detained for questioning.

Further investigation revealed that the plane was removed from a nearby hanger on the airport property without authorization of the owner. The Frederick Police Department is currently processing the scene and the plane for additional evidence.

This case is ongoing, and there will be additional information released in a follow-up press release

This investigation is also being coordinated with the FBI, FAA, and Frederick City Airport Management.

The Frederick Police Department has charged one individual (Cox, Calvin Craig) with multiple criminal charges relating to the theft of an airplane from the Frederick Municipal Airport. Calvin Craig Cox W/M 07/20/58 of No fixed Address was apprehended in the woods near the Frederick Airport. Cox was transported to Frederick Adult Detention Center where he is awaiting an appearance before the District Court Commissioner.

No clear motive has been established but we believe his intention was to leave the Frederick area. During the investigation we have learned that Mr. Cox is familiar with airplanes and their operation. Mr. Cox did not suffer any injuries during the commission of the crime. The plane had apparent damage to the fuselage and propeller.

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