Baggage handlers admit to stealing items from passengers’ luggage at Norfolk International Airport

Posted at 5:34 PM, Nov 18, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-18 17:34:25-05

Norfolk, Va. – Two men could spend the next five years behind bars after they admitted to conspiracy to steal valuable items from baggage at the Norfolk International Airport.

Officials say Chris Arthur Perry, 25, of Chesapeake and Gregory Paul Wingard, Jr. 27 of Norfolk, pleaded guilty on Wednesday.

They say from December 2013 to June 4th, both men used their positions as baggage handlers to break into checked baggage in the secure area of the airport.

They took money, electronics and other valuable items. Afterwards, they sold the items to other people or to pawn shops in the area.

The men targeted firearm containers while looking for bags to break into, documents say.

Part of their plan was to take the guns by switching baggage tags, causing the containers to be taken away from the original intended destination which prevented law enforcement from detecting them.

Perry and Winegard were indicted on October 7th.

They will be sentenced on March 14th, 2016.