AA Employee Charged with Thefts

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    Henry Ibarra, Jr.

    A member of the American Airlines cleanup crew, who worked for the airline for 41 years, now faces several charges after authorities say he stole items off planes and from luggage.

    Dallas-Fort Worth Airport police reports show 171 items were seized from 59-year-old Henry Ibarra's Fort Worth home last month, according to the Star-Telegram. Items included iPods, Nintendo game systems, DVD players and cameras.

    The estimated value of the items is $7,500, according to airport spokesperson David Magana.

    Former AA Worker Charged with Theft

    [DFW] Former AA Worker Charged with Theft
    now-former American Airlines worker has been charged with theft after police found thousands of dollars worth of items believed taken from the planes he cleaned at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.

    Airport police reports show three pallets full of American Airlines property were also seized.  See the full report here.

    A DFW Airport detective was led to Ibarra's home during the investigation into the theft of a cell phone according to the Star-Telegram. The detective found the cellphone in the home and observed other electronic items according to the police reports.

    Tim Smith a spokesman for American Airlines said Thursday that Ibarra is no longer employed by American Airlines.

    "American Airlines takes situations like this very seriously.  We worked very closely with local police on this matter, which led to the arrest of our employee.  While the overwhelming majority of our 24,000 North Texas employees are honest and hard-working, we have no tolerance for any dishonest behavior and will take appropriate action as necessary."

    The Star-Telegram reports authorities have been trying to reunite the electronic items with their owners for weeks since Ibarra's arrest.

    The Associated Press tried to contact Ibarra on Wednesday.  He declined to comment on the allegations.