|Davis Banks heading outside with his stolen items|
(Scroll down for video) An airport worker was arrested and charged with theft related charges after he was caught on video stealing from a passenger’s suitcase, according to press reports in Minnesota.
The airport worker was seen on video in action moments after passengers placed their luggage on the conveyor belt. Surveillance video from the Minneapolis Saint Paul Airport showed him allegedly stealing bags. Authorities said there was another person waiting for him, his wife.
Police said that the hidden camera was set up by investigators in order to catch the thief in the act. David Banks, an airport worker for three years, is seen on video snatching suitcases, taking out valuables and placing the items into a backpack before heading outside to an employee parking lot.
At the parking lot, his wife was there ready to take over the stolen items and head home. Police eventually raided his apartment and found 700 stolen items, including guns, electronics, purses and jewelry. According to police, Banks spent eight months building his inventory, worth roughly $84,000.
“These days, it is not too difficult for airport workers and TSA to steal from passengers’ luggage. Today, all bags are opened and checked, therefore, these employees always see your valuables and can decide to steal the items. Police advise passengers to take their valuables with them in person or ship them to their destinations,” Carly Sloat, 40, a travel agent in New York, New York told YourJewishNews.com after watching the video.Mobile video not loading? Click here to view