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Airline couple jailed for thefts after Asiana crash

May 20, 2014 Aviation, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59In a shocking turn of events following the crash of Asiana flight 214 at San Francisco International Airport (SFO) last July, a United Airlines customer service agent and his wife stole the luggage of stranded passengers in the confusion following the accident.

The couple, Sean Sharif Crudup, 44, and Raychas Elizabeth Thomas, 32, were each jailed for the offences last week, the Los Angeles Times reported.

They were sentenced to nine months and six months in prison, respectively. Both were also given three years’ probation and ordered to pay about USD 6000 in restitution, the majority of it to Nordstrom, the upscale US department store.

Victims of the theft were flying home to SFO from the Cayman Islands. Their luggage, said to have contained USD 30,000 of clothing, went on an earlier flight which landed at SFO before the crash.

The victims’ plane was diverted to Los Angeles and they ended up driving from there to San Francisco, only to find on arrival at the SFO luggage area that their bags had vanished.

Surveillance video allegedly showed Crudup going into an airport baggage office, taking a piece of luggage, bringing it out and handing it to Thomas. Thomas allegedly later took much of the clothing to Nordstrom to sell it back.

A warrant was obtained to search the couple’s home, and charges followed.

Written by : Peter Needham

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