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JFK baggage handlers charged with stealing iPads, cash and jewelry from passengers

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Seven baggage handlers at JFK International Airport face grand larceny and other charges after allegedly stealing thousands of dollars worth of items from El Al passenger luggage, according to the Queens District Attorney.

After multiple complaints of passengers both coming and going on the Israeli airline, officials put a camera in the baggage hold and recorded the workers pillaging suitcases, the DA said.

“When air travelers check their luggage with an airline, there is an implicit trust that their bags and their contents will meet them at their destination. It is always disheartening as a traveler to find that trust to be broken. I applaud El Al Airlines for taking its customer complaints seriously and helping to bring the defendants to justice,” said District Attorney Brown

According to the DA, the handlers were recorded — often wearing gloves — pulling jewelry, cash, watches, computers and other items from the luggage and stuffing them in their pockets and down their pants.  Investigators recovered a $5,000 Seiko watch, cologne, Valentino sunglasses, 13 other watches and a Sony Playstation.  At another workers house, they found an iPad mini, two iPhones, an iPad, three gold rings, a gold chain with a pendant and a par of silver earrings with white stones.

The baggage workers were arraigned Thursday and charged with varying counts of grand larceny, criminal possession of stolen property, fourth-degree criminal mischief, petit larceny and attempted petit larceny.

5 comments

  • iMan

    This same disgusting thievery of lost & unclaimed property is commonplace at the Port Authority Bus Terminal. The pubic must be aware of the crimes that are being committed against them when their lost property is stolen from the PABT's Lost & Found Dept. by Port Authority Bus Terminal Supervisors. Google “Donna Lebourne abc news." & watch the video, or copy the link below. http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/story?section=news/in

    If you lost an item at the PABT & it was returned to you, put in a theft report with the PAPD to get your lost item replaced because most likely your item was stolen by PABT management.

    It would be nice to see the Port Authority aggressively go after the criminals and their enablers that they employ who engage in these same disgraceful crimes and even worse criminal acts, i.e. the unconscionable and highly illegally procedure of throwing lost passports found at the PABT in the garbage in this age of global terrorism and rampant idenity theft. Google “found, stolen, trashed by PA.”

    No one should be above the law no matter who you work for.

  • iMan

    This same disgusting thievery of lost & unclaimed property is commonplace at the Port Authority Bus Terminal. The pubic must be aware of the crimes that are being committed against them when their lost property is stolen from the PABT's Lost & Found Dept. by Port Authority Bus Terminal Supervisors. Google “Donna Lebourne abc news." & watch the video, or click on the link below. http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/story?section=news/in

    If you lost an item at the PABT & it was returned to you, put in a theft report with the PAPD to get your lost item replaced because most likely your item was stolen by PABT management.

    It would be nice to see the Port Authority aggressively go after the criminals and their enablers that they employ who engage in these same disgraceful crimes and even worse criminal acts, i.e. the unconscionable and highly illegally procedure of throwing lost passports found at the PABT in the garbage in this age of global terrorism and rampant idenity theft. Google “found, stolen, trashed by PA.” See the link below. http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/found_stolen_t

    No one should be above the law no matter who you work for.

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