CRIME

Connecticut man charged with stealing $1 million worth of vintage airplane parts

A Connecticut man has been accused of stealing more than $1 million worth of vintage airplane parts, including an item that was to be donated to the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.

Authorities said Friday that New Haven resident Frank Westervelt was arrested on larceny, burglary and other charges March 6.

Police say Westervelt broke into a Wallingford nonprofit organization called Connecticut Corsair in November. The organization refurbishes vintage airplane parts and sponsors science and engineering programs at high schools and colleges.

Police say Westervelt sold the stolen parts to a scrap metal dealer for a fraction of their worth. Authorities didn't disclose the item that was to be donated to the museum.

Westervelt is detained on $75,000 bail and can't be reached for comment. It's unclear if he has a lawyer to represent him.