Share “Police probe baggage thefts at Los Angeles...”

Police probe baggage thefts at Los Angeles airport

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 27, 2014 at 4:13 pm •  Published: March 27, 2014
Advertisement

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Police served more than two dozen search warrants and made six arrests in an investigation targeting the theft of baggage by handlers at Los Angeles International Airport, authorities said.

Detectives and officers from the city and airport also seized jewelry, electronics, clothing and other personal belongings on Wednesday night at 25 locations in the region, including the airport, airport police Assistant Chief Michael Hyams said.

"We believe that there has been a culture of being able to take property that wasn't theirs, and that's what we want to be able to put a stop to," Los Angeles Police Department Capt. Ray Maltez told KABC-TV.

The people arrested were primarily employees or ex-employees of companies contracted to handle luggage and did not work directly for the airport, Hyams said.

Some of the suspects worked for Menzies Aviation, which has an office at the airport. The alleged crimes "were limited to a handful of employees, acting independently," the company said in a statement Tuesday.

"Menzies supports this enforcement action and pledges its complete cooperation with the police investigation," the statement said.

Continue reading this story on the...