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LAX baggage screener arrested on charges of stealing items from passengers [Updated]

June 23, 2011 |  4:43 pm

A baggage screener at Los Angeles International Airport has been arrested on charges of stealing items from passengers' bags, authorities told The Times on Thursday afternoon.

The Los Angeles Police Department said that it was preparing a statement on the arrest and would have additional details shortly.

Transportation Security Administration spokesman Nico Melendez declined to discuss the arrest but said his agency was cooperating with the LAPD to "rid our ranks of thieves."

The name of the screener was not immediately released.

[Updated 9:58 p.m.: The screener was identified by the LAPD as Paul Yashou, 37, who was being held on suspicion of burglary.]

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