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7 JFK airport employees charged with baggage theft

NEW YORK — Authorities say seven baggage handlers are charged with stealing electronics, jewelry and other items from checked luggage at New York’s Kennedy Airport.

Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown and Port Authority Chief Security Officer Joseph P. Dunne said Wednesday the thefts occurred between March 2012 and June of this year.

It’s alleged that all but two of the defendants contacted a “fence.” That person turned out to be an undercover police officer. Other items ended up at a pawn shop.

Authorities say the total value of the stolen items exceeds $20,000.

The passengers were traveling to or from Japan, Johannesburg, London, Bangkok, Dubai and Milan as well as U.S. cities.

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