LAX Baggage Handlers Arrested in Theft Sting

Police swarmed the L.A. airport, seizing stolen property after months-long investigation.
3:00 | 03/27/14

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We turn to that breaking news overnight in Los Angeles, a massive bust at L.A. International airport arrested as part of a sting investigating baggage thefts. More than two dozen locations were searched for stolen property and ABC's Ryan Owens is at L.A.X. With the latest. Good morning to you, Ryan. Reporter: Josh, good morning to you. Quite a scene here at one of this nation's busiest airports after police moved in to make arrests for a crime that infuriates every traveler. The suspects are almost all baggage handlers here at L.A.X. Some still wearing their yellow safety vests as they were led out of the airport in handcuffs. Police say they buffed the ring after sending officers in undercover, posing as other baggage handlers after a string of reported thefts from terminals, runways and planes. We believe that there has been a culture maybe of being able to take property that wasn't theirs and that's what we want to put a stop to. Reporter: The suspects do not work for the airport itself but for independent contracting companies hired to handle the luggage at L.A.X. Police say they recovered passengers' electronic, jewelry, even clothes when they searched the suspects' homes. While theft at airports is usu usually an inside job, it's not just baggage handlers, this surveillance video from Memphis revealed a tsa officer stashing a laptop left at a checkpoint then draping it under a jacket and walking away. And as part of a 2012 ABC news investigation, Brian Ross purposely left behind iPads at tsa checkpoints at ten major airports with a history of theft problems. We've gotten $500 and the iPad. Reporter: In Orlando, one tsa officer seemed to take the bait. Did you take it? No, sir. You did not take it. No, sir. Reporter: And later today, we expect to hear more from police about exactly who was arrested in this sting and exactly what charges they will face. Meanwhile, the police are busy trying to reunite passengers with all of their stolen merchandise and that is no easy task, robin. I'm sure it's not. All right, thank you.

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