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**update - THE OWNER HAS BEEN FOUND **
On March 5, 2006, an airport Transportation Security Administration (TSA) employee was arrested after it was discovered he had been taking items from checked luggage. The Long Beach Police Department is looking for one of the victims of theft. A camera was recovered and the pictures on it indicate the owners could be local area residents.
After receiving complaints from passengers at the Long Beach Airport about items missing from checked baggage, Long Beach Airport Police opened an investigation. This investigation led to the arrest of a TSA employee that subsequently plead guilty to possession of stolen property and possession of a controlled substance.
TSA regulations permit locked luggage, only if the lock is a TSA recognized lock. These locks can be opened by TSA employees and are designed to notify the owners when they have been opened. Travelers are encouraged to carry valuables with their carry-on luggage.
Police detectives were able to identify a number of victims and returned their property to them. One camera was recovered and detectives are looking for the owners. From the photos on the camera, the couple appears to live in the local area. If anyone recognizes the couple, please have them contact Burglary Detective Dennis Zigrang at (562) 570-7351.