Man charged after 'stealing helicopter from airfield'

·Associate News Editor
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A man has been charged after he allegedly stole a helicopter near Darwin before it was taken to a property 300km away.

Police in the Northern Territory have finally managed to track down the alleged perpetrator after the Robinson Helicopter R22 was taken from an airfield in Weddell in June last year.

The man, 50, paid a deposit on the aircraft but never returned, police say.

Police retrieved the helicopter 11 months after it was allegedly stolen. Source: NT Police
Police retrieved the helicopter 11 months after it was allegedly stolen. Source: NT Police

Detectives from the Northern Investigations Section attended a property in Bradshaw on Tuesday and seized the stolen helicopter.

The man was arrested and charged with one count of stealing, and is expected to face court at a later date.

It is further alleged the man refused to pay the outstanding amount on the aircraft.

“Police would like to thank Livestock Biosecurity for their assistance in this investigation, along with the members of the public who provided vital information in regards to the location of the helicopter," Detective Senior Sergeant Paul Lawson said.

The alleged theft stunned many when police shared the update on Facebook.

"Only in the Territory," one person said.

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