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Police looking for 2 men suspected of stealing bags at Sea-Tac

SEA-TAC INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT — Port of Seattle police are releasing pictures of two men suspected of stealing luggage at Sea-Tac and asking for the public’s help in identifying them.

bag-suspectsPolice didn’t say exactly what the thieves did, but passengers at Sea-Tac said Wednesday that it wouldn’t be hard to steal there. No one is checking when you take a bag from the carousel or walk out.

“I don’t know anybody personally who’s had a bag stolen, but it doesn’t surprise me that it happens,” traveler Casey Murgell said at Sea-Tac. “There’s so many bags and people get away with what they think they can get away with.”

“I think that’s a terrible thing to do, but I also think it’s very easy to do,” adds Barbara Leondar. “If an attractive bag comes around on the carousel, it might have something appealing inside it. I can see there would be a temptation.”

An airport spokesperson says baggage theft is not a common crime. About 250 to 290 thefts are reported each year, but that’s less than one-hundredth of 1 percent of the more than 50 million bags that go through the airport on an annual basis.

But passengers say even one theft is too many, if it’s your bag that is taken.

“It’s very frightening, because you have so many valuable personal belongings and you may not ever get it back,” said traveler Ann Purnell.

There are cameras throughout baggage claim, and signs that say the area is being monitored, but there weren’t any apparent security officers on patrol there Wednesday.

“There’s never enough security in almost any place you can think of,” Leondar said. “I’m not sure adding security in an airport would make things better and would justify the cost.”

“I think it needs to be balanced,” Murgell added. “We certainly don’t need a small army of people just standing around watching bags to check tickets and introduce additional complexity.”

They said they’ll simply keep a closer eye on their own bags and their surroundings from now on.

2 comments

  • Xuven

    One way to prevent your bag from being stolen.. Get you butt to the baggage claim area… Don't stop to text, call, use the restroom… In general just don't mess around "beeline" to your bag….do the other stuff after you get your bag…… But may be the us could take a lesson from other parts of the world.. We are soft on theft…unless it is a bank government, or a rich guy.

  • iMan9796

    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/in

    If you lost an item at the PABT & it was not 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 valid lost passports found at the PABT in the garbage, for anyone to find & use for their nefarious purpose in this age of global terrorism and rampant identity theft.

    Action must be taken against these corrupt incompetent criminals in the Port Authority before another terrorist attack takes place & more innocent lives are lost due to their blatant utter disregard about our safety & security. Google “found, stolen, trashed by PA.” See the link below.
    http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/found_stolen_t
    No one should be above the law no matter who they work for.

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