A thief broke into a helicopter at the Sacramento Executive Airport and crashed it while attempting to fly away, according to police.
A trespasser tried four different choppers on the tarmac between 4 and 6 a.m. before getting one to start, police told KCRA.
After crashing when they attempted to take off, the suspect fled the scene.
Police said they are not aware of any injuries, and no arrests have been made.
“This investigation is in its early stages, and this information is preliminary as detectives work to learn exactly what occurred,” police told The Sacramento Bee.”
The helicopter, a Bell 407 heavy-lift helicopter, suffered major damage and appeared to be totaled, photos from KCRA show.
The mangled chopper laid on its side on the tarmac with a cracked tail boom and smashed rotors with debris covering hundreds of yards, according to the outlet.
The helicopter is owned by Capitol Helicopters, a Sacramento-based helicopter charter.