Deshawn Kelly was arrested on suspicion of stealing weapons from the air travelers’ checked bags, authorities say.
(Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office)
A baggage handler in Portland, oregon, has been accused of stealing six guns from passengers’ checked luggage for over a period of two months, authorities said.
Deshawn Kelly, in the service of a contractor firm on the Portland International Airport, was on Tuesday arrested after investigators found all but one of the guns reported stolen in his house, FOX 12 Oregon reported.
Court documents show the first report of a stolen gun data Aug. 19 when a Glock was reported taken from a checked bag way to Phoenix.
A victim told the station he put a lock on his luggage for his American Airlines flight to North Carolina.
Baggage handler at PDX accused of stealing 6 guns from passenger’s checked baggage https://t.co/GW0N5xr5h7 pic.twitter.com/KYEYSZ8BC0
— FOX 12 Oregon KPTV (@fox12oregon) September 29, 2018
He said that the bag went missing and the airline to find it a few days later. However, the labels had been switched and the gun he picked up inside was missing.
As soon as the police suspected Kelly of stealing the weapons, they used two luggage bags as bait to catch him.
In the first operation, police checked a bag with a replica gun in Sept. 11, and determined Kelly was the employee most likely took. Six days later, police said, they sent through another bag containing a fake gun and Kelly was seen taking that bag, and a passenger in the bag with a gun inside and later putting them back.
The police bag had damaged locks and it seemed as if someone had tried to pry open the locks of the gun case.
Authorities searched Kelly’s house Tuesday and he confessed to the thefts that day. He later said: he has the weapons to care for his son and the mother of the boy, the Oregonian reported. He said their electricity had been cut off and they were about to evicted from their home, the paper said.
Kelly, a convicted criminal, does not work for the airport, but was used by a third party company, Professional Providers of Services.
He told court staff that he was fired from his job.
He is facing multiple charges, including six counts each of first-degree theft and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
He was released with a scheduled court date of Oct. 10.