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Police charge man with stealing luggage at Sunport

Brittany Costello
November 13, 2017 06:13 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- The baggage claim center is typically one of the busiest areas in an airport. Droves of people come in waves all waiting for their bags to drop. But with all these people standing around looking at luggage, could there be someone who doesn't belong?


"I am terrified of my bags being lost or someone stealing them," said Janus Marquis, an Albuquerque woman who travels for work. “At least if the airline loses them I have a chance to get them back.”

That worst nightmare turned into someone else's reality. On Saturday, police say a man walked into the Sunport, went straight to baggage claim and attempted to take off with someone's luggage.

Police say 28-year-old Carlos Garcia was just checking baggage tickets at first, but eventually, police say they discovered him outside. He was allegedly carrying a white plastic trash bag with clothes, a Pittsburgh Steelers jacket, and a large grey rolling luggage that was not his.

Garcia was arrested and is facing larceny charges for the alleged luggage theft.

"That is just terrifying to me," Marquis said. "Of course it would enrage me if it had happened to me. But it’s just a terrifying idea."

With three large, heavy bags of her own, Marquis said she makes it a mission to get to her luggage before anyone else. With airport personnel visibly hovering around the baggage claim carousel, she wonders if, now is the time to consider putting those checked baggage tickets to use.

"I’ve never had them check them here," she said. "If they did, it was years ago, but I would like that."


Brittany Costello

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