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Police Arrest Baggage Handlers Accused Of Stealing Luggage At LAX

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Have you ever wondered if your lost luggage at the airport was actually stolen? Authorities arrested multiple workers and served 25 search warrants on Wednesday as part of an investigation into luggage theft at LAX.

The Los Angeles Airport Police and the LAPD arrested current and former contracted employees (hired by different airlines to handle baggage) at the cargo facility near the airport and several homes in connection to their investigation spanning several months, according to the L.A. Times and NBC Los Angeles. When the authorities served their search warrants to the suspects, they seized jewelry, clothes and other items from the suspects' homes.

"It's a disappointment, but a fact of life, that sometimes a few people will succumb to the temptations at LAX," Los Angeles Airport Police Chief Patrick Gannon told NBC Los Angeles. "The actions of these few do not represent the nearly 45,000 individuals who work for the nearly 350 employers here at LAX."

Airport Police Chief Patrick Gannon told the L.A. Times that everyone gets background checks before getting employed at the airport.

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It's not clear yet how many people were arrested or how many items have been stolen. However, authorities are working on returning the items back to their owners.

UPDATE 11:15 a.m.: City News Service reported that six arrests have been made—four of whom were taken into custody on suspicion of receiving stolen property and two for outstanding warrants. There were 14 others that were taken in for questioning.