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Delta Airlines baggage handler arrested in LAX theft case

February 2, 2012 |  9:26 pm

A current and former baggage handler for Delta Airlines were arrested at LAX, police said
A baggage handler and a former baggage handler for Delta Airlines were arrested Thursday on suspicion of stealing tens of thousands of dollars in cash and property from passengers' luggage at Los Angeles International Airport, law enforcement authorities told The Times.

Los Angeles Police Department and LAX officers served search warrants early Thursday at the two men's homes and allegedly seized more than $100,000 in cash and stolen property, authorities said.

The men were taken into custody after the officers swept down on the South Los Angeles homes. The officers are part of a task force targeting criminal operations at the busy airport.

Authorities were investigating whether the thefts were part of a criminal ring targeting passengers. 

The names of the two men who were apprehended were not released. No other details were immediately available.

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Los Angeles International Airport in July 2010. Credit: Liz O. Baylen / Los Angeles Times

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