Man steals airport passenger bus, drives on airport runway near Texas A&M University

Texas A&M Police
Monday, September 30, 2013 - 6:15am

Texas A&M Police Department had their hands full when they received a call early Saturday morning at 2:33 a.m. from Easterwood Airport.

Personnel at the airport were reporting that a man had allegedly stolen an airport passenger bus and was driving on the airport runway.

When officers arrived on scene they found the bus on the south side of McKenzie Terminal, along with airport personnel and the suspect.

The suspect identified as David Cooper Thurmond, 54, of Bryan had entered the airport in his personal vehicle through a large pedestrian gate on the south side of the General Aviation Terminal.

He then took a passenger bus belonging to Easterwood Airport and drove across the runways to the McKenzie Terminal where he was confronted by airport personnel.

The two engaged in a brief struggle before police arrived on scene.

Thurmond was arrested and charged with assault, criminal trespassing, and theft greater than $20,000 but less than $100,000.

He was taken to Brazos County Jail.

Upon reviewing airport surveillance videos, Thurmond was seen attempting to enter a jet bridge and was in the vicinity of an American Eagle airplane.

Upon inspecting the airplane, a security seal on the door was discovered to be broken.

The airplane was scheduled to depart from Eastwood Airport at 7:55 a.m. for Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, but was delayed by three house until the plane could be thoroughly inspected by the TSA and AA representatives.


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