Los Angeles Airport Employees Arrested for Stealing Valuables from Passengers’ Luggage

A jet comes in for landing at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on April 15, 2008. (Photo: David McNew, Getty Images)
A jet comes in for landing at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on April 15, 2008. (Photo: David McNew, Getty Images)

Several employees responsible for handling passengers’ luggage have been arrested after a months-long investigation into thefts at Los Angeles International Airport, NBC Los Angeles reports.

Authorities tell the station the workers were arrested Wednesday night after police served warrants at 25 locations in connection with the theft of items from airline passengers.

Police allege that the workers stole from fliers’ luggage both inside the terminal and as bags were being transported across the airport grounds, according to NBC Los Angeles.

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The Associated Press writes “the investigation, which involved officers going undercover among baggage handlers, began after a string of reports of luggage thefts from terminals, runways and planes, police said.”

Los Angeles TV station KTLA says investigators participating in Wednesday’s raids recovered jewelry, electronics, clothing and other personal belongings believed to be stolen from passengers.

“These items are currently being identified in an attempt to return them to their owners and to assist them in the prosecution of identified suspects,” airport police say in a statement to KTLA.

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SOURCE: Ben Mutzabaugh
USA TODAY

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