Airport worker imprisioned for theft from bags
Published on Monday 29 October 2012 17:16
An airport worker who stole cash from a bag at Luton Airport was sentenced to three months in prison on Friday (October 26).
Mohibur Rahman, 45, of St Margaret’s Avenue, Luton was caught red-handed during a policing operation organised with Menzies Aviation – the handling agents for easyJet, Wizz Air and Blue Air.
Rahman was caught when a bag of marked cash was placed in the hold of an easyJet aircraft on March 8 this year and when it was later checked the cash had been taken.
All the loaders were checked for signs of the UV substance used to mark the missing cash and Rahman showed signs of it on his hands and clothing.
Shortly after, Rahman’s house was searched by police officers and other stolen items were recovered.
Rahman appeared before Luton Crown Court on Friday, charged with theft and handling stolen goods.
He pleaded guilty and was sentenced to three months imprisonment for theft. The charge of handling will remain on file.
Police Inspector Dave Ford, Head of the Local Policing Unit at London Luton Airport, said: “People who work at the airport hold a position of trust and are expected to respect the belongings of passengers. This man has clearly abused that trust and now he is paying the price. Bedfordshire Police will continue to work alongside the airport authorities to ensure the safety of passengers and their belongings remains paramount and anyone breaking the law will be dealt with swiftly.”
An airport spokesperson said: “The airlines, handling agents and Airport authority take a zero tolerance view of anyone abusing a position of trust. The sting operation led by Bedfordshire Police was a highly successful multi-agency collaboration and is just one of the ways in which London Luton Airport works to ensure a safe and secure environment for our passengers.”
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