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  • April 29, 2009

    2 Baggage Handling Thieves, One Incredibly Stupid Supervisor…

    Filed under: Arrested,Crime,Robbery — anne @ 3:24 pm
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    …and One Completely Clueless Airline.

    The airline is Northwest – the action takes place at Oregon’s Portland International – and the tale is courtesy of the Oregonian.

    A Northwest baggage handler – one Bridgette Bunnell – calls the cops back in January to report that one of her underlings, Jose Trejo Romero, is stealing stuff from checked-bags.

    According to an affidavit, the police put in surveillance cameras and sure enough, there’s Jose shoving stuff down his shirt and later hauling it off to his locker. Good stuff like jewelry, laptops, designer handbags and more.

    And then, the cops get another tip – suggesting they might want to question Bunnell a little more closely. Turns out (again, according the affidavit) the woman who ratted out the baggage handler, was in on the thefts, and only called the cops when Jose quit giving her a share of the loot!

    It gets better. Way back last summer, several employees actually went to Northwest management and told them about the thefts – and nothing was done! In fact the supervisor of the two alleged thieves admits he heard rumors, but apparently didn’t do anything about it – even though he was aware that Bunnell was “frequently on the airline computer listing purses on eBay”.

    Couple of questions:

    • How come the cops had to put in surveillance cameras? Why weren’t any in place?
    • How come (according to the affidavit) Jose and Bunnell were able to get away with this for two years?
    • How come the supervisor lets employees use airline computers for personal fencing?

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