Police: Man stole shuttle van from KCI, drove to downtown airport, arrested attempting to fly plane to Miami

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Charges have been filed in both Platte County and Clay County against a 21-year-old man who police say stole a Super Shuttle Van from Terminal B at Kansas City International Airport on Friday, June 17, and then drove to the downtown airport in an attempt to fly a plane to Miami.

Adam Scott

Adam Scott

Adam Scott, 21, of Overland Park, Kan., is charged with two counts of tampering in the first degree, a class C felony in Clay County. He's charged with one count of the same in Platte County.

According to court documents from both counties, Scott is accused of stealing a 2007 Ford Econoline Van from KCI. He then reportedly drove it to the downtown Wheeler Airport, 1001 Lou Holland Drive in Clay County. Authorities arrested him after he allegedly entered an aircraft at Wheeler Airport that was preparing for takeoff. He was taken into custody in the cockpit's right seat area.

During an interview, after he was read his Miranda rights, police say Scott admitted to stealing the shuttle van at KCI and driving to the downtown airport. Police say he told them he attempted to buy airline tickets at both airports but did not have enough money. Police say he went into the cockpit area of the plane getting ready to take off at the downtown airport in an attempt to fly the aircraft to Miami. A witness observed him trying to manipulate the controls of the aircraft.

Kansas City International Airport spokesperson Joe McBride released the following statement about the events at KCI on June 17:

"On June 17, 2016 KCI Airport police responded to a report of a stolen commercial shuttle van a commercial shuttle van that had been parked at the median at Kansas City International Airport. Subsequently, there was a report that an individual allegedly mixed in with passengers and crew during the boarding process of a private aircraft at a terminal at Charles B. Wheeler Downtown Airport and entered airfield and the aircraft. Downtown Airport security personnel and KCI Airport Police responded and detained the individual. At no time was there a security breach at either airport. The investigation is ongoing. The Aviation Department is reviewing security procedures with airport tenants."

Bond was set at $10,000 cash only in Platte County, and $25,000 in Clay County. Scott is to have no contact with the parking facilities at Kansas City International Airport.