New felony charge for SFO baggage handler 

click to enlarge He must have had a ton of baggage to sink this low. Investigators are still trying to figure out how many United Airlines passengers were robbed by a baggage handler at SFO. - SF EXAMINER FILE PHOTO
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  • He must have had a ton of baggage to sink this low. Investigators are still trying to figure out how many United Airlines passengers were robbed by a baggage handler at SFO.

A baggage handler at San Francisco International Airport is facing a third felony charge in connection with thefts from United Airlines passengers.

George Reyes, 45, of San Francisco, pleaded not guilty to the charges Wednesday, prosecutors said.

Police launched a sting at the airport on May 21 after United Airlines received more than 50 complaints from flyers about stolen property. SFPD officers planted iPads equipped with GPS tracking devices in bags.

"The sting worked, as the property was stolen and all of it was tracked to Reyes' car as he was driving home from work," San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.

A search of Reyes' home revealed "lots of stolen property," Wagstaffe said.

On Wednesday, he said investigators were still trying to determine how many theft incidents involved Reyes. At this point, Wagstaffe said, investigators believe Reyes acted alone.

A preliminary hearing in the case is scheduled for July 31.

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