Gary man, baggage handler charged in laptop thefts

2012-08-10T23:00:00Z 2012-08-10T23:18:54Z Gary man, baggage handler charged in laptop theftsTimes Staff
August 10, 2012 11:00 pm  • 

CHICAGO | A Gary man who worked as a baggage handler at Midway International Airport is accused of making money on the side by stealing laptop computers from passengers' checked luggage, according to an NBC 5 report.

Salvador Johnson, 44, was charged Thursday with one count of felony theft, according to the Cook County state’s attorney’s office.

Judge Adam Bourgeois on Friday ordered Johnson held on a $250,000 bond.

Midway authorities launched the investigation after receiving a number of reports of thefts of Apple computers and other laptops from baggage checked onto Southwest Airlines planes, NBC 5 reported.

Johnson was identified as a suspect because his work station was located near a security screening area where computers are inspected, according to the report.

Authorities said they searched Johnson's Gary home and recovered numerous Apple and other laptops. Pawn shop records reportedly showed he had pawned numerous computers, NBC 5 reported.

If convicted, Johnson faces up to five years in prison. A preliminary hearing was set for Wednesday.

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