Airport employee David Vang, 23, was arrested by police after surveillance footage showed him stealing Delta Air Lines passengers' belongings — including 10 guns — at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport in Minnesota.
Vang was arrested in October, but will make his first court appearance April 25. ABC News reported the thefts — valued at $84,000 — in a Sunday broadcast. On Monday airport officials provided more details about the crime spree.
Fox News reports that Pat Hogan, spokesman for the Metropolitan Airports Commission, disclosed Monday that Vang worked for a contractor that maintained baggage belts for Delta. The bust happened after weapons went missing, leading to the installation of a security camera in September.
"In this case, only connecting bags were being pilfered," Hogan explained. "Weapons were scanned as coming into [the airport] but not scanned as going into the aircraft, so that's what alerted us that there was an issue here."
Stolen weapons included shotguns, revolvers and a crossbow, according to news reports. The criminal complaint against Vang, as cited by Fox News, notes that the loot also included iPads, laptop computers, phones and jewelry. In total, 716 items believed to be stolen were removed from the suspect's apartment.
"In fact, this guy really wasn't supposed to be touching any bags," Hogan said, according to Minnesota Fox affiliate KMSP. "His job was to maintain the baggage belt system that carries the bag." The local station reports that 10 missing guns belonging to passengers were found at Vang's residence.
According to the criminal complaint, Vang initially said the items fell off a baggage belt, then admitted that he just wanted to have them.
Vang faces 10 felony counts of stealing firearms and an aggravated theft charge. His wife, Vue Xiong, would allegedly wait in a car nearby while her husband looted the bags. She is charged with one count of felony theft, according to Fox.