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Florida man attempts to get to Chicago quickly by stealing $2.5 million airplane

By Mason White 11:43 AM March 3, 2015
Juan Pablo Ceron 

By: Wayne Morin
(Scroll down for video) A man was arrested after attempting to drive off with an expensive airplane.

23-year-old Juan Pablo Ceron of Florida, attempted to lift off at the Ocala International Airport, before he was stopped by an employee.

Police said that Ceron claimed to own the $2.5 million single-engine plane. He told police that he was preparing to fly to Chicago, Illinois.

Matthew Grow, the airport’s aviation director, said that he checked FAA records and Ceron is not a registered pilot. However, he is a registered student pilot.

Authorities said that Ceron caused $200 to $300 in damage to the Pilatus PC-12 aircraft when he attempted to start it.

Police said that when officers arrived to the scene, Ceron gave them a false name and claimed to own the airplane.

He was arrested on two counts of burglary, attempted grand theft, giving a false name to law enforcement and criminal mischief.

His bail was set at $51,000.