Michael Hegstad
In this undated photo provided by Phoenix Police, 23-year-old Michael Hegstad is shown. Police say Hegstad was arrested on suspicion he stole items worth hundreds of thousands of dollars from the luggage of passengers passing through Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, and that there could be hundreds of victims from around the world. Hegstad was a contract worker at the airport. (AP Photo/Phoenix Police)

A baggage handler accused of stealing passenger belongings at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport has appeared in South Phoenix Justice Court.

Twenty-three-year-old Michael Hegstad is facing charges of trafficking in stolen property and burglary while working for baggage contractor Elite Line Services.

Phoenix police say they began questioning Hegstad after they saw him pull two boxes off a conveyor belt after passenger check-in on Aug. 26.

Hegstad is accused of stealing multiple items several times from the airport.

In his probable cause statement, Hegstad advised officers he had several items of stolen property in a storage locker at his residence.

Police say Hegstad later turned over to police stolen property worth an estimated $100,000.

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(5) comments

mudrunner

art background screening if don't have a arrested in your back ground how do you know you.you
you don't know

mudrunner

AND IFYOU CAN PAST A 10 YEAR BACK GROND YOU CAN WORK AT THE AIRPORT

mudrunner

JUST A HEADS UP MICHAEL HEGSTAD WAS NOT A BAG HANDLER HE WAS A Junior Electromechanical Technician WE DONT HAVE SEE THE BAG IF IT JAM WE HAVE TO CLEAR IT THE JOB IS OWN TIME I MOVE A BAG AND YOU PAST A 10 YEAR BACK GROND YOU CAN WORK AT THE AIRPORT I JUST WONT TO CLEAR THAT UP THAT ALL OF THE GUYS THAT I WORK ROUND WE ARE SADING THAT ONE OF WOULD DO THAT

AZJenjen

Not only should this doofus be made to return all the items he stole, he should REFUND the exhorbitant fees paid by ALL travelers for their checked bags.

Desert_Doom

So much for state of the art background screening. They may as well hire from the parole board.

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