Police Looking For Suspects Tied To BLM Incident
Maybe it's time to form a posse. Police are looking for
suspects tied to a rash of vandalism at Monmouth Executive Airport
(BLM) near Farmingdale, NJ, that caused hundreds of thousands of
dollars in damage to 11 aircraft.
The Asbury Park Press reports the incident occurred sometime
between Sunday night and Monday morning. In all, 10 piston aircraft
and one jet, a Cessna Citation II, were struck by vandals wielding
crowbars and spray paint. The worst violence was inflicted on a
Piper Seneca, which had its empennage severed and the right wing
partially separated from the engine nacelle... damage that will
likely ground the plane permanently.
"Something like this can have a very bad effect," said Vincent
Giglio, the owner of First in Flight, an aviation maintenance
company at BLM. "People worry about flying anyway, and with
concerns about rising fuel costs, this is just another blow to
Police believe the suspects used a truck with a cable attached
to cause the most serious damage, while other planes had their
tires slashed, fuselages spray painted and scratched, and
instrument panels bashed in. Three cars and a trailer parked near
First in Flight were also hit.
"It's sad that vandalism like this happens," Giglio said. "I
just hope the police get the people responsible."
Local police have teamed with the FBI and the FAA, along with
the state Department of Transportation and the Monmouth County
Prosecutor's Office, to track down the perpetrators.
"This was extensive damage," said Detective Lt. John Galvin. "We
have multiple agencies involved in the investigation because of the
overlapping jurisdiction. In some cases, there is a possibility
that federal laws have also been violated."