St. Louis airport luggage theft ring busted, airport police say

Thursday, March 19, 2009 | 3:24 p.m. CDT; updated 3:50 p.m. CDT, Thursday, March 19, 2009

ST. LOUIS — Eight baggage handlers were arrested for stealing items from luggage at Lambert Airport.

The arrests were announced Thursday. Formal charges have not been filed.

Airport Police Chief Paul Mason said the workers were employed by St. Louis-based Huntleigh USA. Mason says the workers rifled through bags before they were placed on outbound Delta Airlines flights.

Stolen items include laptops, video games, iPods, CDs and cologne. All told, about 900 items have been recovered.

Lambert police are trying to find the owners of the stolen property.

Huntleigh USA's chief executive officer said the employees have been fired. CEO Richard Sporn says the company cooperated fully with the investigation and is eager to see the suspects brought to justice.


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