MSP Employee Accused Of Stealing Over $84K In Items From Luggage

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  1. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    CBS Local Minnesota / WCCO: MSP Employee Accused Of Stealing Over $84K In Items From Luggage -- Authorities: He Said He 'Just Wanted The Items'

    A 23-year-old MSP Airport worker has been accused of stealing hundreds of items from checked baggage, including firearms, iPads and phones, according to charges filed by Hennepin County.

    In February, David Vang, of St. Paul, was charged by summons with 10 felony counts of theft of a firearm and one felony count of theft over $5,000 in connection to the alleged incidents beginning in June or July of 2012 through October 2012.

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    In Vang’s apartment, authorities discovered labeled boxes containing multiple iPads, laptops, projectors, mobile phones, cameras, purses, clothing, firearms, a crossbow, ammunition, hunting and fishing gear, and other items, the complaint said. He did not have permission to take or possess the items.

    Ten firearms were found in Vang’s living room closet, including pistols, revolvers, shotguns and a rifle.

    Authorities estimate the total value of all the items at approximately $84,379.97.
     
  2. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Star Tribune: Minneapolis airport worker accused of stealing guns, other valuables from luggage: Behind-the-scenes airport worker is accused of stealing guns, computers, cellphones, cameras and more

    Along with 10 firearms retrieved from [David] Vang’s living room closet, authorities say they uncovered more than 700 other items he stole, including iPads, laptop computers, projectors, cellphones, cameras, purses, watches, knives, jewelry and hunting and fishing gear. Vang was employed at the time by the Dallas area’s Elite Line Services to maintain baggage conveyance systems.

    Airport police were led to the thefts after a Delta Air Lines traveler reported that his bow and electronic items were missing from his luggage when he arrived in Alaska from Minneapolis, according to the criminal complaint. All of the victims were believed to be passengers making flight connections, because “the items had been electronically scanned into checked luggage inventory by [MSP] airline employees but were not among the items scanned as having been loaded onto the aircraft,” Hogan said.

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    Police had two hidden cameras installed in the area where they believed the thefts were occurring. Surveillance footage showed Vang taking items from luggage and hiding them nearby until his shift ended, the complaint added. The surveillance also showed Vang taking the items to an employee parking ramp, where he put them in a vehicle driven by his wife, Vue Xiong, according to the charges. Xiong, 21, was charged with one count of felony theft.
     
  3. KrazyKat

    KrazyKat Original Member

    A criminal complaint and a willing investigation by police stops a one-couple crime spree.
    $84K of others people's property in just 3 months...

    See what else you've been missing (or not) by not flying, Mike?
     
  4. Frank

    Frank Original Member

    The biggest threat to airline safety is the TSA.
     
  5. nachtnebel

    nachtnebel Original Member

    He wasn't a TSA employee. Besides, his thievery showed a level of ingenuity and energy not usually associated with TSA employees, who, if they do commit crimes, usually commit crimes of opportunity.
     
  6. RB

    RB Founding Member

    Airport workers including TSA are not being monitored properly. To many people have unsurpervised access to the sterile area and peoples baggage making such cases possible. And again TSA BDO's didn't pick up on this activity even with months of opportunity.
     
  7. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    700 hundred items in 3 months: That's 8 items a day, every day, some as large as crossbows.
     
  8. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    I don't consider missing out on that experience as missing much. :D

    The surprising part of this is that this guy was neither a TSA nor airline employee but apparently some sort of technician who kept the baggage conveyance system running.
     
  9. KrazyKat

    KrazyKat Original Member

    And who required a large bag for "tools."
     
  10. RB

    RB Founding Member

    And is not screened coming or going. It's more important for TSA to assault the traveling public instead of doing real security.
     
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  11. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    But unless they start searching exiting employees, they wouldn't catch him. It would take a lot of manpower to inspect all bags, purses, backpacks, etc., of employees going home from work. Hopefully they've improved their security cameras sufficient to catch this in the future, but don't cross your fingers ....
     
  12. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    Screened coming is a problem that needs to be addressed. They've demonstrated over & over that the biggest potential safety loopholes are unscreened employees.

    I don't that they screened going is feasible in our society. That would be too totalitarian for American to stomach, and rightly so.
     
  13. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    Isn't "unscreened employees" redundant? What employees are ever screened?
     
  14. FaustsAccountant

    FaustsAccountant Original Member

    I'm going predict that if such, then many of these camera will conveintly be OFF, NOT RECORDING or the FOOTAGE LOST an amazing amount of the time.
     
  15. Frank

    Frank Original Member

    Sucker bet.
     
  16. KrazyKat

    KrazyKat Original Member

  17. Frank

    Frank Original Member

    Got suspicious when guns kept disappearing? Isn't Delta one of those airlines that print "Gun Inside, Steal Me Now" baggage forms?

    And I thought if you were putting a firearm in baggage you could use a real lock.
     
  18. Caradoc

    Caradoc Original Member

    That apparently didn't stop him from stealing the whole case, gun and all.
     
  19. Mike

    Mike Founding Member Coach

    CBS Local Minnesota: Ex-Worker At Airport Pleads Guilty To Gun Thefts (Oct 3 2013)

    Online court records show 24-year-old David Vang of St. Paul pleaded guilty Thursday to 10 counts of theft of a firearm ... The criminal complaint says authorities found stolen firearms, a crossbow, iPads, laptops, jewelry, electronics and other items in Vang’s apartment. Authorities said he had 716 stolen items, valued at more than $84,000.
     

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