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"3 baggage handlers facing charges after luggage thefts at McCarranairport"
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
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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