By Robert McClendon
September 25, 2014
Three baggage handlers at Louis Armstrong International Airport were arrested Thursday (Sept. 24) in connection with the theft of guns and electronics from checked luggage, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office said in a news release.
Neishel Santana, 22 was booked on charges of theft and possession of stolen property. Derrin James, 19, was booked on two counts of theft of a firearm. Romalice Honeycutt, 23, was booked on a charge of being a principal to theft of a firearm.
They were caught after Dallas law enforcement, investigating the theft of a laptop from luggage on an American Airlines flight out of New Orleans, found out through a pawn-shop database that the computer had been sold at Jefferson Parish pawn shop and contacted local authorities.
JPSO Detective Shane Rivolo traced the sale to Santana, who was arrested while on the job Thursday morning, according to the release, and investigators found a pair of iPads, two laptops, a GoPro camera and other electronics in her car.
Under questioning, Santana admitted that she knew the laptop she sold to the pawn shop was stolen, according to the release, and told investigators that Honeycutt and James, fellow baggage handlers working for Envoy Air Inc., were also involved in thefts at the airport. They were also arrested while on the job at the airport.
Twitter user @Killstart spotted one of the arrests as handlers loaded the jet he was on, an American Airlines flight bound for Dallas. His flight was 20 minutes late taking off, though the pilot said the holdup was caused by a delay at the Dallas airport.