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Old 03-29-2009, 08:12 AM
 
Location: Land of Free Johnson-Weld-2016
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The suspect allegedly stole 600 pieces of luggage right from the baggage carousel and then sold the luggage and contents at some sort of second hand store. I'm surprised that he only got caught when a buyer of second hand goods found a luggage tag in one of the bags.
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Old 03-29-2009, 12:17 PM
 
Location: on an island
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Yikes--yet one more reason I carry on my backpack.
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Old 03-29-2009, 02:18 PM
 
Location: Ballwin, MO
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I can believe it. If someone starts to walk off with someone elses luggage the only person who would know would be the person whose luggage it is and if they see it, they're going to say to the person that they think they have their luggage, the persons going to say sorry, walk back like he's still waiting for his, and wait for the first guy to leave. The only place I ever saw anyone checking luggage tags was L.A. and that was many years ago. In St. Louis there is always a stack of luggage that hasn't been claimed yet for one reason or another, anyone could walk up and grab a suitcase. That's why I always stand where the luggage comes off the caroulsel to get it when it comes down.
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Old 03-29-2009, 03:22 PM
 
Location: Mission Viejo, CA
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This is why I pack light and always bring on a roll aboard carry on bag.
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Old 03-29-2009, 05:28 PM
 
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I have read of this before. The thing is its pretty stupid because the last one I saw on TV ';they had camera that filned him doing it.That is how they caught him by setting up with his photo on monitors til he hit agian. Wasn't 600 times tho9.
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Old 03-29-2009, 09:51 PM
 
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Geez. So happy I carry-on my little rolling suitcase now that I've read this!
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Old 03-30-2009, 07:13 AM
 
Location: Durham, NC
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While it's a major hassle and creates a bit of a mess at the doors, San Juan, PR's airport requires you to show your luggage claim check to a security agent at the door and they check to make sure it matches your bags. This should be a standard practice at all airports. If it was expected, it probably wouldn't create quite such a mess as it does now at SJU. The first time I went through it, I spent a few minutes digging for my info; the second time I had the info ready and went through no problem.
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