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Published On: Wed, Jul 31st, 2013

Sean Crudup, Raychas Thomas, United airline employee and girlfriend arrested for stealing luggage at SFO crash site

A United Airlines customer service representative and his girlfriend have been charged with grand theft and commercial burglary for allegedly stealing luggage from San Francisco International Airport in the aftermath of the Asiana Airlines Flight 214 crash.

Sean Sharif Crudup and Raychas Elizabeth Thomas

Sean Sharif Crudup and Raychas Elizabeth Thomas

Sean Sharif Crudup, age 44, and Raychas Elizabeth Thomas, age 32, both of Richmond, California, were arrested at a United Airlines gate awaiting a flight to Hawaii at San Francisco International Airport on July 25, Detective Sgt. Wes Matsuura of the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office told ABCNews.com.

While Matsuura said there is no evidence at this point in time that Crudup and Thomas were specifically targeting Asiana Airlines passengers who endured the crash, “it could still play out that way.”

“The unfortunate coincidence is that Asiana was on July 6, and this crime was on July 8,” Matsuura said. “It was a crime of opportunity. A lot of bags were down there.”

Luggage had been piling up in the terminal because of the Asiana Airlines plane crash, which closed some of the San Francisco airport’s runways and caused passengers flying in to be delayed or diverted for days after the accident occurred, Matsuura said.

Airport surveillance footage obtained by police shows Crudup, who was working at baggage claim, rifling through a bag stranded at the airport’s United Airlines terminal on July 8, according to Matsuura.

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  1. iMan says:

    This same disgusting thievery of lost & unclaimed property is commonplace at the Port Authority Bus Terminal. The pubic must be aware of the crimes that are being committed against them when their lost property is stolen from the PABT’s Lost & Found Dept. by Port Authority Bus Terminal Supervisors. Google “Donna Lebourne abc news.” & watch the video, or click on the link below.
    http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/story?section=news/investigators&id=9105280

    If you lost an item at the PABT & it was returned to you, put in a theft report with the PAPD to get your lost item replaced because most likely your item was stolen by PABT management.

    It would be nice to see the Port Authority aggressively go after the criminals and their enablers that they employ who engage in these same disgraceful crimes and even worse criminal acts, i.e. the unconscionable and highly illegally procedure of throwing lost passports found at the PABT in the garbage in this age of global terrorism and rampant idenity theft. Google “found, stolen, trashed by PA.” See the link below.
    http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/found_stolen_trashed_by_pa_V4RMICgPyy2bhAVzDkW9EL

    No one should be above the law no matter who they work for.

  2. Teri Karma says:

    I don’t have to know these people to know what they did was completely the lowest of low. By the way. There is no white race, there is no black race. But there is the HUMAN race and I suggest you join it.

  3. voiceofthepeople says:

    its so easy for us to judge those whom we do not know these two are far from the type of people you all think they are yes I know them personally and no what they did wasn’t right it was extremely wrong but all of you judging them calling them scums can shut the F**K up and yes im black racist hoes

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