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7 Airport Baggage Handlers Arrested

The baggage handlers were caught on video stuffing jewelry, cash, watches, computers and other items in their pockets

Saturday, Aug 31, 2013  |  Updated 10:30 AM EDT
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7 Airport Baggage Handlers Arrested

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The News4 I-Team learned about a security breach at Ronald Reagan National Airport: A man accused of sneaking into secured areas with a security badge that should have been confiscated. And now the search is on for at least 20 other missing badges.

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Seven men who worked as contract baggage handlers for El Al Airlines at John F. Kennedy International Airport have been charged with stealing iPads, iPhones, cash and jewelry from passengers' luggage.

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said Friday the Israeli airline installed a video camera in a baggage hold from April 1 to Wednesday after customers complained about missing items.

Prosecutors say the video shows defendants stuffing jewelry, cash, watches, computers and other items in their pockets and down their pants.

Authorities say thousands of dollars' worth of stolen goods were found in their homes and cars.

Investigators say they went to one suspect's home and recovered bottles of cologne, Valentino sunglasses, a Sony Playstation and 14 watches, including one worth $5,000.

Cameras and a Cartier watch were discovered at another defendant's home.

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