MSP worker allegedly stole $85,000 in valuables from checked luggage

Categories: Crime, MSP Airport
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Vang allegedly pilfered bags for everything from iPads to guns.
A Delta contractor who worked at MSP has been charged with 11 felonies for allegedly stealing $85,000 worth of stuff from checked bags.

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David Vang, 23, did maintenance work on baggage belt systems, but he apparently augmented his income by heisting iPads, laptops, luxury watches, jewelry, fishing equipment, and guns from travelers.

Vang tried to cover his tracks by targeting bags on connecting flights only, Fox 9 reports.

MSP police became suspicious last fall when guns kept disappearing from the airport. They installed a security camera to try to get to the bottom of it and caught Vang in the act.

According to Fox 9, a raid of Vang's St. Paul apartment found 700 items stolen from bags, including 10 guns.

Vang's reign of terror over MSP travelers lasted from August through October.

Consider it another reason to cram the contents of that suitcase into a carry-on.

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11 comments
Onan
Onan

"Consider it another reason to cram the contents of that suitcase into a carry-on." - Yes, because the TSA will let you board a flight carrying a handgun.

Kinnell Tackett
Kinnell Tackett

Wow. Apparently this guy has never heard of being low-key.

Andy Stealth Trattar
Andy Stealth Trattar

I guess I'll just stop locking my door too because people can just smash my window. It really is the cheapest way to lose my valuables.

Jim Creston Poet
Jim Creston Poet

Locks don't matter if it's zipped baggage. They take an ink pen, or something similar, and open the zipper. Then, just slide the locked tags back across the zipper. Traveler doesn't notice until they begin going through their baggage looking for the item.

Andy Stealth Trattar
Andy Stealth Trattar

He wasn't TSA though. And if you get the TSA approved ones there's a universal key, so they don't have to cut it. And either way...I would rather take my chances with a cheap lock guarding my valuables rather than no lock at all. That's my opinion anyway.

Anna Bergdall
Anna Bergdall

^TSA cuts locks when they want to, it's surprisingly not that helpful

Andy Stealth Trattar
Andy Stealth Trattar

And to think people put that stuff in their checked bags and couldn't pay for a $5 bag lock...

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