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Thursday, February 9, 2017

3 baggage handlers facing charges after luggage thefts at McCarran airport
By WESLEY JUHL
THE LAS VEGAS (NV) REVIEW-JOURNAL


Three baggage handlers are facing charges after Las Vegas police uncovered a 
series of thefts from luggage checked on flights from McCarran International 
Airport.

Noah Javier Gonzalez, Aaron Matthew Lopez , and Jamarcus Domonique Harper were 
each booked on multiple felony charges, including burglary and grand larceny. 
The men worked for Worldwide Flight Services, a luggage handling contractor 
that works with Allegiant and Frontier airlines at the McCarran, according to 
Metropolitan Police Department arrest records.

The thefts occurred over several months and included items such as luxury 
purses and guns, arrest records said.

The department began looking into the thefts Jan. 16, when a man landed in 
Austin, Texas, and realized the gun he stored in his checked bag was missing.
 
Detectives tied the theft to Lopez and Harper using data from the workers' key 
cards that helped tracked their movements, arrest records said. Investigators 
then got a list of items reported missing from Allegiant and matched them up 
with similar items sold by Lopez and Harper to valley pawn shops.

Harper told police that stealing from luggage was a common practice among his 
coworkers and admitted to taking and pawning several items, arrest reports 
said. He is being held without bail at the Clark County Detention Center and is 
due in court March 7.

Gonzalez told police he learned how to steal from luggage underneath planes 
from a coworker in November or December and eventually admitted to stealing two 
guns, which were then sold in private sales, arrest records said.

Gonzalez is on house arrest and is due in court May 4. Lopez is scheduled to 
appear in court March 16.
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