Two Seattle Baggage Handlers Arrested in Theft Investigations

Two baggage handlers at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport have been arrested and fired in suitcase thefts that included laptop computers, video cameras and DVDs.

The men, ages 19 and 22, were arrested last week in separate investigations. The teenager was caught trying to use a stolen credit card at an airport shop and the older man was caught selling what apparently were pilfered cigarettes, authorities said.

No charges have been filed as the investigations continued Wednesday.

The men worked for Menzies Aviation of London, a contractor handling baggage and other ground operations for Alaska Airlines at the airport.

No charges have been filed but both have been fired, said Menzies Vice President John Fulford.

"This is evidence of our ongoing commitment to our policy of zero tolerance toward theft," Fulford said.

Seven Menzies employees were arrested last December in Houston after 68 looted suitcases were found in a trash bin.


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