Aircraft Theft Gone Bad

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An individual has been charged after $5,000 worth of headsets were stolen from an aircraft that he allegedly drove off a taxiway and into a soybean field at La Porte City (Indiana) Airport. The arrest is likely among the preferred results after the aircraft's operator (presumably the alleged thief) failed to negotiate a turn from taxiway to runway and got stuck in the field. The alleged thief was charged with Class D felony theft and also as a Class C felony habitual traffic offender, but it seems that criminal mischief may be the charge that applies to damage done during the theft -- chopped soybean plants and associated aircraft damage.

Failing to steal the corporate-owned airplane, which had been parked outside of the terminal, the thief is alleged to have stolen five $1,000 headsets from its cabin.