He’s no Frank Abagnale, Jr.
A United Airlines gate agent in Denver has been charged with felony theft for stealing $130K of jewelry from a passenger’s bag, including a pearl encrusted bracelet and diamond earrings.
The passenger was traveling from Aspen to Denver and somehow dropped her cosmetics case that contained the pricey jewelry in the Aspen Airport. The staff found it just in time and loaded it on the flight to Denver — as a gate-checked carry-on bag!
Upon reaching Denver, gate-checked bags are unloaded and placed on rack that is wheeled to a special position near the end of the jetbridge. It was there that the crime transpired.
Video from the Denver Airport’s surveillance system appears to show [Rafael] Magana “taking possession of the … cosmetic case … and intentionally wrapping the case with a white piece of [printer] paper,” at the gate, according to the statement of probable cause provided by the District Attorney’s office.
Magana walked over to a nearby coffee shop where he obtained a brown paper bag and then “artfully conceale[d] the wrapped cosmetic bag into the paper bag,” according to the statement.
Back at the gate, Magana picked up his phones, water bottle and the brown paper bag and left his post at the customer service desk, according to the search warrant.
photo at top courtesy of Denver District Attorney