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Man steals jet fuel truck, drives around Chico Airport

Chico police are still investigating how a man breached Chico Airport security Wednesday afternoon and stole a jet fuel truck.

Posted: Mar 6, 2019 10:33 PM

CHICO, Calif. -- Chico police are still investigating how a man breached Chico Airport security Wednesday afternoon and stole a jet fuel truck.

Chico police told Action News Now the man called them an hour before the airport incident from El Paso Way and East Lassen Avenue. In that call the man said he was suicidal. When officers arrived at El Paso Way and East Lassen Avenue they couldn't find him.

Around 2 p.m. the same man called police and said he stole a truck at the Chico Airport.

When police arrived they found the man in the fueling truck. Police said he left the airfield and crashed through the security fence where officers stopped him.

"My understanding is he jumped over the fence and then he went to the business where the fuel truck is parked in front of and it's normal because they're so busy with fueling aircraft that a lot of times the keys are in there and that will be changing very soon. I've had that happen at other airports too," said Sherry Miller, Manager at the Chico Airport. 

"You can't really say he was compliant, but it took a few minutes to talk to him. He was agitated. The officers did a great job of de-escalating the situation and talked him into giving up peacefully," said Chico Police Patrol Commander Jeremy Struthers.

Police said they did not arrest the man, who they are not identifying, but they did detain him. The man is being treated and receiving mental health services.

Miller said no one was hurt. The fuel truck suffered minor damage.

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