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Posted: Saturday, September 28, 2013 12:00 am | Updated: 12:47 am, Sat Sep 28, 2013.

HAYDEN - The 23-year-old Hayden man who allegedly attempted to steal a corporate jet at the Coeur d'Alene Airport planned on flying across the country with it.

Clyde C. Stemberg wanted to take the $20 million Challenger 600 to Massachusetts to see his father who is hospitalized with internal bleeding, a Kootenai County Sheriff's Office incident report said.

Stemberg is charged with attempted grand theft and three counts of burglary, all felonies, according to court documents.

The incident report said Stemberg was taking a flight lesson on Saturday, Sept. 21. Following the lesson, he slipped into a hangar where he stayed overnight. The next morning is when he allegedly tried to steal the plane.

He apparently had gone a long way toward taking off with the jet, but a worker at the airport spotted some suspicious behavior and confronted Stemberg.

He was working his way through the flight check-list when he was interrupted.

He first responded by claiming he was a mechanic working on some electrical problems in the craft. When his story started falling apart under questioning, he came clean about his intentions, the incident report said.

Stemberg was booked into Kootenai County jail before posting $50,000 bond. He returned to Innercept, a residential program located in Coeur d'Alene for struggling teens and young adults.

The plane was inspected and it was determined no damage was done to the plane.

Court documents said the plane is owned by Richard David Weinftein, 61, of Chesterfield, Mo.

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  • jmowreader posted at 1:51 pm on Wed, Oct 2, 2013.

    jmowreader Posts: 1179

    I looked it costs $120 an hour to learn to fly at our airport. It only costs $520 round-trip to get to Boston and back - less than five flying lessons.

    I think someone's lying.

  • KeepinItReal posted at 5:35 pm on Sat, Sep 28, 2013.

    KeepinItReal Posts: 112

    Who cares what the reason is? I sure as heck dont! He attempted to steal a multi million dollar jet, but thankfully got caught before doing so. I say throw the book at him.

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