A man allegedly broke into the Canberra Airport and stole an airline vehicle before escaping by driving through a fence.
The 31-year-old from Canberra allegedly scaled a fence on 29 October and entered a restricted area of the airport where he was seen running across the tarmac, police say.
He allegedly broke into an airline van and began driving erratically across the runway before leaving the area by driving through a fence.
Police found the van at a house in Harrison on 31 October where it was recovered and returned.
It will also be alleged that before the airport incident, the man broke into a nearby store where he stole cash, bank cards, electronic devices, car keys and clothing.
He was arrested after handing himself in to police on Monday (13 November). He was given five charges, including trespassing on prohibited Commonwealth land, damaging Commonwealth property and burglary.
He was then scheduled to appear in the ACT Magistrates Court on Wednesday (14 November).
Australian Federal Police Acting Inspector Robert Chaney-Nikolavcic said unauthorised access to restricted airport areas would not be taken lightly.
“Ensuring safety and security at our designated airports remains a priority for the AFP,” he said.
“Trespassing on airport property is a serious offence which can pose significant threats to our national security.”
On 1 November 2023, a 19-year-old woman allegedly caught an Uber to the Canberra Airport and then walked under a plane as it was about to take off.
In August 2022, Ali Rachid Ammoun fired a revolver at the airport’s windows.