Fri, Mar 20, 2009
Over 900 Items Stolen, And Recovered
If you're still not convinced you
shouldn't put valuables in your checked bags, this one's for
The Chicago Tribune reports eight contract baggage handlers for
Delta Air Lines have stolen 900 items from checked bags at
Lambert-St. Louis International Airport (STL) over the past
The valuables reportedly range from ranging from laptops and
computer accessories, to iPods, to such low-end booty as cologne
Airport police said Thursday formal charges have not been filed.
None of the suspects have been named, but police and company
officials did talk about other details. The workers allegedly
opened bags before placing them on outbound flights, and carried
stolen items out in coats, fanny packs, or backpacks.
Airport Police Chief Paul Mason says the workers were employed
by Huntleigh USA, a St. Louis contractor hired by Delta.
Richard Sporn, Huntleigh's CEO, announced all eight have been
fired. But he added, "Unfortunately we are not the first for
something like this to happen. All we can do is learn from this and
try to make sure it doesn't happen again."
And you thought the charge for checking your first bag was
Mason says a special hotline has been set up for passengers who
believe they've been victims of the thefts. If you can tell
investigators what was on your iPod, or what directions were last
entered into a GPS, you may be able to get your stuff back. The
hotline number is (314) 890-1822.
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