Ex-worker at airport pleads guilty to gun thefts

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Oct 3, 2013 at 10:47 am

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - A former worker at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport has pleaded guilty to stealing shotguns, revolvers and other weapons from the checked luggage of passengers who had connecting flights through the airport.

Online court records show 24-year-old David Vang of St. Paul pleaded guilty Thursday to 10 counts of theft of a firearm.

Vang worked for a Texas firm to maintain a belt that carried checked luggage. Authorities say that after they learned weapons were being stolen, they set up surveillance cameras and captured footage of Vang taking the items.

The criminal complaint says authorities found stolen firearms, a crossbow, iPads, laptops, jewelry, electronics and other items in Vang's apartment.

Authorities said he had 716 stolen items, valued at more than $84,000.

His attorney declined comment Thursday.

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