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29 November 2011 09:23
An airport worker has been jailed for stealing from passengers' luggage, police say
A baggage worker at a major airport who stole items from luggage he was working with has been jailed for six months, police say.
Alan Bardall might be considered walking proof of the necessity of
travel insurance after he took items worth a total of about £2,000 from luggage when he was meant to be scanning tags to ensure it went to the right place.
The 52-year-old Heathrow Airport worker was jailed over six theft charges and four of attempted theft, the Metropolitan Police said, after a hearing at Isleworth Crown Court in London. The court was told he abused the position his job gave him to steal aftershave, a video camera and a pair of laptop computers
One of the computers Bardall - of The Gardens, Feltham, Middlesex - took had a year's worth of an American student's coursework on it.
The lucky owner of the video camera got it back after police looked at images on the memory card and identified the hotel she had been at. From that, officers found out a name and air carrier for the victim. After the theft during a visit to London from Austria, Renate Klaus said: "I am so grateful that I got all my property back."
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