Kansas Man Indicted In Six Airport Burglaries


If you bought a handheld, headset or GPS (possibly from a Wichita or Hutchinson, Kan., address) on Ebay recently, the FBI may want to talk to you. According to The Associated Press, The Kansas City U.S. Attorneys office announced last week that a grand jury had indicted Michael Wagner, 26, of Hutchinson, Kan., for a series of burglaries at six small airports in Colorado, Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas over a nine-month period in 2005 and 2006. It alleges Wagner broke into buildings at the airports and took various items of value, including aviation gear, laptops and firearms, and then sold them on Ebay. [more] The FBI searched a Wichita building and found a lot of the stolen gear. The burglaries occurred at Strother Field Airport in Winfield, Kan.; Municipal Airport in Ponca City, Okla.; R.L. Jones Riverside Airport in Tulsa, Okla.; Front Range Airport in Denver; and Collin County Airport in McKinney, Texas. Wagner is already on probation after being convicted of three airport burglaries in September of 2006 and his lawyer told The Associated Press the new charges are related to those incidents. The new charges may be more serious, however, since they involve allegations of the interstate movement of stolen property and mail fraud (Ebay payments were made by mail). If convicted, Wagner could face up to 20 years in jail on some of the charges.