A luggage thief with a rap sheet a mile long has been apprehended after brazenly stealing two bags from a baggage carousel at Atlanta Airport.
Atlanta Luggage Thief Apprehended…Again
Robert Allen Grimes is not the sharpest knife in the drawer. In broad daylight, surrounded by cameras, he stole two bags at Atlanta’s Harstfield-Jackson International Airport. Even though he was masked, police recognized him from previous incidents.
He was arrested and is back in jail after no less than 13 trips to the pokey since 1994.
Atlanta Police warned:
“As the pandemic restrictions ease, and people get excited about traveling. Don’t leave your common sense at home.”
That is good advice. Thieves tend to wait until most have picked up their bags for a given flight. Inevitably, there are a handful of bags left on the carousel. In some cases, this is due to passengers misconnects (contrary to conventional wisdom, customers and bags do not always have to fly together on U.S. domestic flights). In other cases, it is just due to passengers like me who may stop at the lounge or restroom before heading to baggage claim.
Even though cameras are a strong deterrent, don’t leave your bags on the conveyor belt if your contents are valuable.
I’ve written before about baggage thieves…isn’t it interesting that they frequently return to the scene of the crime and just cannot seem to help themselves?
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This is one of the many reasons I prefer to avoid checking bags. If checking a bag is unavoidable, you can still take reasonable precautions in order to reduce your chances of your luggage being stolen. That includes picking up your bags promptly after landing.