Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E) – Several baggage handlers at the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) suspected of stealing items from fliers’ luggage were arrested during a series of police raids at the airport and other areas of L.A. County Wednesday through Thursday.
Joint teams from the LAX Police and the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) raided the homes of current or former baggage handlers of LAX airlines and seized jewelry, electronics, clothing and other belongings believed to be stolen. LAX Police Chief Patrick Gannon said he was disappointed of the actions of the few people out of an estimated 45,000 workers of 350 companies at the airport.
The police served a total 25 warrants in the raids on a cargo facility near LAX, in Paramount and at a home in the Florence-Firestone neighborhood adjacent to South Los Angeles.
The LAX Police and LAPD planned the raids for a month after travelers complained of missing items from their baggage. The theft happened after the baggage was checked in and as they were being taken to the airplane, according to investigators.