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Hearing for accused jet thief put off

LAWRENCEVILLE - A probable cause hearing was postponed Wednesday for a 22-year-old Lawrenceville man accused of stealing a $7 million charter jet.

Daniel Andrew Wolcott is charged with theft by receiving and five counts of reckless conduct in Gwinnett for allegedly stealing a jet from the St. Augustine/St. Johns County Airport in Florida. A new date for the preliminary hearing has not yet been scheduled, according to the Gwinnett County Magistrate Court.

Wolcott is also charged with grand theft by authorities in St. Johns County, Fla.

The FBI is still investigating Wolcott. He could face an additional federal charge of interstate transportation of a stolen motor vehicle, which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years imprisonment, according to Special Agent Jeff Wescott of the FBI in Jacksonville, Fla.

Police believe Wolcott flew into the Gwinnett airport during the predawn hours of Oct. 9 while the air traffic control tower was closed. Wolcott landed the Cessna Citation VII at Gwinnett County Airport-Briscoe Field and then took five of his friends for a brief spin in the high-priced aircraft, said Officer Darren Moloney, spokesman for the Gwinnett County Police Department.

After a quick stop at nearby Winder-Barrow airport, Wolcott and his friends returned to Briscoe Field and left the stolen plane parked on the tarmac, according to police.

Wolcott reportedly flew the jet with his friends on board even though he knew it was low on fuel. He possessed a commercial pilot's license, but he was not trained to fly a 10-passenger jet of that type.