Told By Court To Stay In Wisconsin
Personnel at Basler Turbo
Conversions in Oshkosh, WI thought it a bit unusual to see barns
once filled to the brim with aircraft parts, suddenly begin to
empty out... and a suspect in the apparent theft has been told to
stay in the state for the time being.
The Oshkosh Northwestern reports Brian A. Francart, 27, faces
six counts related to the reported thefts between July 1 and July
24 at Basler. Employees contacted the Winnebago Sheriff's
department when they noticed it was suddenly easier to move around
in several warehouses.
Among the missing items was a pair of landing skids, valued at
Some of the missing parts were found in a truck and trailer
parked at a nearby house. A resident of the property told police
the truck belonged to Francart.
When questioned by authorities, Francart said he got the parts
from a field on the outskirts of the city, adding "some guy in a
bar" told him he could find the parts there.
Francart -- who told police he often hauls scrap metal to a
salvage yard in Fond du Lac -- said the man suggested they rent a
truck to pick up more 'scrap metal' from barns belonging to Basler,
according to a police complaint.
County Circuit Court Commissioner Dave Keck ordered Francart
held on a $500 bond, on charges including three counts of being
party to the burglary of a dwelling, two counts of being party to
misdemeanor theft and one count of theft of property valued at more
Calling Francart a flight risk, Deputy District Attorney Tracy
Paider asked the court to impose a $10,000 cash bail on Francart --
but Keck cited the man's ties to Oshkosh as reason for the lower
figure. Keck did tell Francart to remain in Wisconsin for the time
If convicted of all charges, Francart faces over 48 years in
jail, and more than $100,000 in fines.
Basler is best known for its STC to convert DC-3s into
turboprop-powered cargo and personnel haulers.