Stolen Banner Plane Pilot ID’d, But is Still on the Run
An investigation into who stole a banner plane which landed on a restricted stretch of beach in Cape May Sunday has identified the stepson of the company's president.
According to The Press of Atlantic City, Paramount Air Services mechanic Jimmy Dahlen Jr., 50, stole the plane Sunday and went for a potentially dangerous joy flight over homes along the Wildwood beach before landing the Piper PA12 aircraft on the Coast Guard Training Center's beach in Cape May around 8:00 Sunday evening and running off.
His whereabouts are still unknown. An arrest warrant has been issued for Dahlen. His stepmother, Barbara Tomalino, president of the company, said her stepson stole the plane sometime Sunday evening after working his shift at the banner plane company. .
Tomalino said Dahlen is a student pilot, which means he is still working on his license. She said while he’s allowed to fly planes when he is testing them, he can’t fly for commercial purposes and cannot take passengers aboard his flights.
The Coast Guard Training Center in Cape May says it increased security after the craft landed on its beach. That heightened security was relaxed Monday.
After the FAA investigated the pane Monday, it was returned to its hangar.
Here is KYW-TV's news report about the stolen plane...