United Airlines Employee Pleads Not Guilty To Charges That He Stole Luggage Left At SFO Following Crash Of Flight 214

An airline employee appeared in a Redwood City court Friday after he was accused of stealing luggage from travelers whose flight was diverted after the deadly Asiana Airlines Flight 214 crash at San Francisco International Airport earlier this month.

Sean Crudup, 44, a United Airlines customer service representative at the airport, pleaded not guilty to grand theft and second-degree burglary charges Friday, according to the San Mateo County district attorney’s office.

His wife, Raychas Thomas, 32, is scheduled to be arraigned Aug. 26.

Crudup and Thomas were arrested after victims who were supposed to fly into SFO on July 8 were diverted because of the plane crash on July 6, according to prosecutors.

The runway where the crash occurred was closed for nearly a week after the incident, which left three dead and injured 180 passengers and crewmembers. During the shutdown there were hundreds of canceled flights and lengthy delays in and out of the airport.

The victims’ luggage had not been diverted and arrived at SFO.

When the victims went to pick up their bags they found they were missing, according to prosecutors.

Surveillance footage allegedly showed Crudup taking the bags and giving them to his wife and another woman.

Allegedly Thomas took clothing from the bags to a Nordstrom store in Pleasanton and got $5,000 for the items.

Thomas and Crudup were both arrested July 25 at SFO when Thomas was catching a flight to Hawaii.

In a search of Crudup’s and Thomas’ Richmond home, more stolen items from the victims’ bags were allegedly found, prosecutors said.

Crudup is set to be return to court on Thursday.

He is out of custody on $75,000 bail, while Thomas posted $50,000 bail.

Sasha Lekach, Bay City News

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  • queerboynsf

    This article is confusing: It says they were arrested after stealing luggage from a flight that was diverted after the July 6th crash. A paragraph or two later, it reads that “the victims’ luggage had NOT been diverted and arrived at SFO.

  • queerboynsf

    This article is confusing: It says they were arrested after stealing luggage from a flight that was diverted after the July 6th crash. A paragraph or two later, it reads that “the victims’ luggage had NOT been diverted and arrived at SFO.

  • truthbetold

    These 2 are rent scammers too. Multiple evictions in Contra Costa County. Landlords BEWARE! And it looks like 4 to 5 years of not paying to come. A just punishment would be to make them work & pay rent. I wish.

  • truthbetold

    These 2 are rent scammers too. Multiple evictions in Contra Costa County. Landlords BEWARE! And it looks like 4 to 5 years of not paying to come. A just punishment would be to make them work & pay rent. I wish.

  • ivan carter

    This same disgusting thievery is commonplace at the Port Authority Bus Terminal in NYC when it comes to lost & found property. 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.” & see the vile face of shame being confronted & exposed, or copy & paste link below.

    http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/story?section=news/investigators&id=9105280

    If you lost an item at the PABT & it was not 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 valid lost passports found at the PABT in the garbage, for anyone to find & use for their nefarious purpose in this age of global terrorism and rampant identity theft.

    Action must be taken against these corrupt incompetent criminals in the Port Authority by local, state or federal officials and/or agencies before another terrorist attack takes place & more innocent lives are lost due to their blatant utter disregard for our safety & security. Google “found, stolen, trashed by PA.” or copy & paste 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.