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SFO Baggage Handler Accused Of Stealing From Luggage

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A San Francisco International Airport baggage handler accused of stealing dozens of items from airline passengers’ checked bags appeared in a Redwood City courtroom on Wednesday, prosecutors said. George Reyes, 45, of San Francisco, came under scrutiny after United Airlines received more than 50 complaints from passengers that property was stolen from their luggage, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office. San Francisco police investigators began looking into the case and discovered that Reyes was working at the time the thefts occurred, prosecutors said. In a sting operation on Tuesday, police placed GPS tracking devices on iPads and purses and put the decoy items in checked luggage, according to the district attorney’s office. The items were taken from the luggage, and the GPS devices tracked the stolen goods to Reyes’ car as he drove home from work, district attorney’s officials said.

Prosecutors said a subsequent search of Reyes’ home turned up more stolen property. Reyes has been charged with having stolen property and two counts of embezzlement. He appeared in court Wednesday for his initial arraignment, and a judge denied his request for court-appointed counsel, according to the district attorney’s office. The judge reduced his bail from $150,000 to $50,000, and Reyes has since posted bail and been released, prosecutors said. He will return to court on June 5 for further arraignment.

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  • This same disgusting thievery is commonplace at the Port Authority Bus Terminal in NYC when it comes to lost & found property. The pubic must be aware of the crimes that are being committed against them when their lost property is stolen from the PABT’s Lost & Found Dept. by Port Authority Bus Terminal Supervisors. Google “Donna Lebourne abc news.” & watch the video, or click on the link below.

    http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/story?section=news/investigators&id=9105280

    If you lost an item at the PABT & it was returned to you, put in a theft report with the PAPD to get your lost item replaced because most likely your item was stolen by PABT management.

    It would be nice to see the Port Authority aggressively go after the criminals and their enablers that they employ who engage in these same disgraceful crimes and even worse criminal acts, i.e. the unconscionable and highly illegally procedure of throwing lost passports found at the PABT in the garbage in this age of global terrorism and rampant identity theft. Google “found, stolen, trashed by PA.” See the link below.

    http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/found_stolen_trashed_by_pa_V4RMICgPyy2bhAVzDkW9EL

    No one should be above the law no matter who they work for.

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