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Man arrested after allegedly vandalizing Paso Robles airport

A man was arrested Saturday morning after police say he vandalized the terminal at Paso Robles Municipal Airport, causing about $4,000 in damage.

Gorge Pantoja, 22, was arrested on suspicion of felony vandalism after he reportedly admitted to trashing the terminal between 4 a.m. and 7 a.m. Saturday. Paso Robles Police Sgt. Tod Rehner said Pantoja was caught on video surveillance recordings breaking chairs, removing a television from a wall, throwing furniture and destroying planters inside the terminal.

Rehner said airport manager Roger Oxborrow told officers he passed a man resembling the man on the recording as he drove to the airport Saturday morning.

Police later found Pantoja on the patio of a nearby winery. He admitted to the vandalism but did not explain why he did it, Rehner said.

Rehner said Pantoja is believed to be a transient. Pantoja was taken to County Jail.

The terminal was open to the public when the vandalism occurred, Rehner said, but no one else was inside.

Airport operations were not affected.

The Paso Robles airport operates as a base for CHP helicopters and firefighting tankers and is a frequent stop for military aircraft. It is also used for private planes.

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