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Sean Crudup and His Wife Raychas Thomas Arrested After Allegedly Stealing Diverted Passengers’ Luggage After Asiana Airlines Crash

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An airline employee appeared in a Redwood City court Friday after he was accused of stealing luggage from travelers whose flight was diverted after the deadly Asiana Airlines Flight 214 crash at San Francisco International Airport earlier this month. Sean Crudup, 44, a United Airlines customer service representative at the airport, pleaded not guilty to grand theft and second-degree burglary charges Friday, according to the San Mateo County district attorney’s office.

His wife, Raychas Thomas, 32, is scheduled to be arraigned Aug. 26. Crudup and Thomas were arrested after victims who were supposed to fly into SFO on July 8 were diverted because of the plane crash on July 6, according to prosecutors. The runway where the crash occurred was closed for nearly a week after the incident, which left three dead and injured 180 passengers and crewmembers.

During the shutdown there were hundreds of canceled flights and lengthy delays in and out of the airport. The victims’ luggage had not been diverted and arrived at SFO. When the victims went to pick up their bags they found they were missing, according to prosecutors. Surveillance footage allegedly showed Crudup taking the bags and giving them to his wife and another woman.

Allegedly Thomas took clothing from the bags to a Nordstrom store in Pleasanton and got $5,000 for the items. Thomas and Crudup were both arrested July 25 at SFO when Thomas was catching a flight to Hawaii. In a search of Crudup’s and Thomas’ Richmond home, more stolen items from the victims’ bags were allegedly found, prosecutors said. Crudup is set to be return to court on Thursday. He is out of custody on $75,000 bail, while Thomas posted $50,000 bail.

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Sean Crudup and Raychas Thomas

Sean Crudup and Raychas Thomas

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  • This same disgusting thievery of lost & unclaimed property is commonplace at the Port Authority Bus Terminal. 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.

    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 idenity theft. Google “found, stolen, trashed by PA.” See the link below.

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

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