Man caught stealing luggage from Lambert Airport baggage claim


by Jasmine Huda / News 4

Posted on May 15, 2013 at 10:15 PM

Updated Thursday, May 16 at 8:36 AM

(KMOV) --  Police took a man into custody after he was accused of stealing luggage from the airport baggage claim area at a local airport. 
Police said Tjuan Thompson, 26, has been charged with stealing after he made two trips to the Lambert Airport baggage claim area in just 24 hours. 
Airport police received two missing luggage reports and using surveillance video, they were able to locate Thompson. He was arrested as he was attempting to steal a third piece of luggage after going back to the airport just a day after the first trip.
Court documents indicate that when he was caught in March, he was wearing a jacket and watch that one of the victims had reported stolen that previous day. 
They say luggage theft isn’t something that happens often but it can happen in crowded public areas.
Lambert officials say video cameras and mobile patrols play a key role in safeguarding passengers’ property. 
Lambert Airport spokesperson Jeff Lea said “there are also non-uniformed officers that are here.
Whether it’s just patrolling or whether it’s a specific detail to try and catch someone. In this case, we did have extra attention because we got that report and were able to find that guy within about 24 hours.” 
Police say Thompson confessed to stealing all three victim’s suitcases from the carousels. 
He faces up to seven years in prison if convicted.