Airport gun theft tops police blotter
Ex-SeaTac employee charged with stealing gun from luggage
A former Sea-Tac International Airport baggage handler is facing a first-degree theft of a firearm charge for allegedly stealing a pistol from an Oregon man’s luggage in November and then trying to sell it, according to the Seattle PI.
Twenty-one-year-old Uriel Ochoa-Valenzuela was working for Menzies Aviation when prosecutors contend he stole the gun from an Alaska Airline passenger’s bag.
Later on, he tried to sell it to a coworker for $200. The coworker talked to authorities, and investigators set up a controlled buy to confirm the firearm was stolen.
Ochoa admitted to his coworker that he had stolen the gun and several other items during the transaction, leading to his arrest and the seizure of more loot from his car.