SLC police seek to identify airport baggage theft suspect

SALT LAKE CITY – Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man they believe stole luggage from Salt Lake City International Airport on two separate occasions.

The suspect, pictured above, was seen on surveillance cameras getting off the Utah Transit Authority TRAX train, walking to the baggage carousel, grabbing a suitcase, then re-boarding the train.

The first flight took place on April 4 and the second on May 18.

Police said the man faces felony charges because the stolen items were worth more than $1,500.

Anyone who recognizes the man is asked to call 801-799-3000 and reference case number 22-802249.

SLCPD has given the following tips to avoid baggage theft:
• Pack irreplaceable or high-value items in your carry-on baggage (Note: Passengers should know which items need to be checked.)
• Reconsider buying luxury brand luggage as it could be a lure to potential thieves.
• Make your checked baggage distinctive by using stickers, tape, ribbon or consider buying a brightly colored suitcase.
• Keep track of what you pack and take a photo of your belongings and luggage. Photos can be useful during a police investigation and for insurance purposes.
• After landing, avoid unnecessary delays and proceed immediately to the baggage claim area so that your baggage is not left unattended while on the baggage carousel.
• Make sure your bag is clearly labeled with your contact details. For privacy reasons, an address is not necessary, but a name and telephone number must be included.
• If you believe someone has stolen your luggage, be sure to file a police report and file reports with the airline and the TSA.
• Report anything suspicious to an airport/airline agent or airport police.