Unlicensed pilot suspected of stealing plane from Chino Airport identified

Christian Estoque, 32, Covina.

(Photo courtesy Fullerton Police Department)

Fullerton police identified the man suspected of stealing a small-engine plane from the Chino Airport and running it off the runway at the Fullerton Airport, striking a fence and causing minor damage Wednesday afternoon.

Christian Estoque, 32, of Covina, was booked into an Orange County jail facility on suspicion of grand theft and theft of an aircraft, Fullerton police said Thursday.

The man did not possess a pilot’s license.

Police were called at 3:05 p.m. to Fullerton Airport at 4011 W. Commonwealth Ave., about 25 miles southwest of Chino, on a report a small plane ran off the runway and struck a fence on Dale Street on the west side of the airport.

No injuries were reported.

The collision caused a small hole in the fence. The plane, s Cessna 172, suffered minor damage.

Police talked to the pilot, but he had inconsistencies in his story, Fullerton Police said.

“Officers discovered that Mr. Estoque did not possess a pilot’s license,” Fullerton police said in a statement.

Police did not release any details on how the plane was taken from Chino Airport.

The Federal Aviation Administration is conducting an investigation.

Anyone with information can call (714) 738-6720 or email bclyde@fullertonpd.org.

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