Troopers arrest man suspected of taking fuel from airplanes
PALMER, Alaska (AP) - A man suspected of stealing fuel from airplanes at an airstrip south of Palmer has been arrested.
Alaska State Troopers say 38-year-old Michael Paul Scott of Palmer is being held on suspicion of criminal mischief and five counts of attempted criminal mischief.
Troopers Sunday night took a 911 call reporting a man stealing fuel from airplanes at the Butte Airstrip. The man was gone by the time troopers reached the airstrip but the caller turned over photos taken of the suspect and his truck.
On Monday afternoon, troopers on patrol spotted the suspect and his truck in Palmer and stopped him.
A trooper arrested Scott and impounded the truck.
"Anytime someone tampers with an aircraft its a Class B felony, it’s taken very seriously," said Trooper Bret Ledord. "It may sound small but stealing fuel can bring an aircraft down or bring foreign debris in the tank. Anytime you have aircraft fuel taken, you always want to report it even if you don’t have any suspects. We do want to bring those people to justice if we can."
He remains jailed at Mat-Su Pretrial Facility in Palmer. Online court documents do not list filed charges or his attorney.