Boston, Mass. (WGGB) — Two baggage handlers at Logan International Airport have been arrested and charged with multiple thefts from checked luggage.
A joint investigation by Massachusetts State Police and the Massachusetts Port Authority resulted in the arrests yesterday of 25 year-old,Lashawn Fontenot, of Lynn and 25 year-old Joshua Wright, of Mattapan.
Police arrested both men at Logan International Airport for theft and receiving stolen property.
Several weeks ago the State Police were contacted by Massport officials concerning complaints of thefts from checked luggage in Terminal E. State Police and Massport launched a month-long investigation and identified two people who had stolen high dollar items including cash, cameras, tobacco and electronics worth thousands of dollars from checked luggage.
Yesterday State Police confronted the two individuals, Fontenot and Wright, who are employees of a baggage handling company that was cooperative in the investigation. After presenting both men with evidence of their involvements into the thefts they were taken into custody without incident in the baggage area.
At the time of the arrest Wright was found to have in his possession items recently stolen from a passenger’s luggage. Stolen items were also later recovered from the residences of both men.
The two men were arraigned in East Boston District Court today charged with numerous counts of larceny over $250 and receiving stolen property over $250. Their airport access was revoked by Massport.
District Court Judge Roberto Ronquillo, Jr., released both defendants on their own recognizance with orders to stay away from Logan Airport while their cases are pending; they will return to court on April 18.
State Police and Massport are working to return valuables to passengers.