A 30-year-old man is in custody after allegedly jumping the fence at Centennial Airport and trying to steal a jet, according to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.
Around 1:15 p.m. Wednesday, the sheriff’s office was notified that there was a man walking on runway 35R at the airport after hopping a nearby fence.
A gulfstream jet that just finished taxiing was on the run way when the man allegedly tried to get on the plane, but was denied access by the pilot, said Cocha Heyden, a spokesperson for the sheriff’s department.
While this was happening, a Denver Police Department helicopter was flying near the airport and observed the man attempting to get onto the jet.
The Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office was initially dispatched to the scene because the reporting party believed it was their jurisdiction. Their deputies made initial contact with the man, Heyden said.
Douglas County was informed of the situation minutes later.
Deputies from both departments spoke with the man, who was ultimately taken into custody by the Douglas Count Sheriff’s Office.
The man was later identified as Sterlin Love, 30. He is being held on suspicion of committing first-degree aggravated motor vehicle theft and second-degree criminal trespass.
Love is currently being held at the Douglas County Jail on a $10,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday, according to court records.