Former airport worker admits baggage thefts

March 19, 2009 12:13:12 PM PDT
A former baggage screener at Newark Liberty International Airport has admitted stealing valuables from checked luggage.

Pythias Brown pleaded guilty Thursday to theft from a commercial interstate carrier and faces up to 10 years in prison when he's sentenced June 22.

The 47-year-old Maplewood man told a federal judge that in 2007 and 2008, he took more than 100 items - including cameras, laptops, jewelry and other items - with an overall value estimated at between $200,000 and $400,000. He also admitted selling some of the items on eBay.

Brown was arrested last fall after authorities say he tried to sell camera equipment stolen from the baggage of cameramen from CNN and HBO.

A CNN employee noticed the stolen equipment for sale on the online auction site and notified investigators, who placed the winning bid and traced the items to Brown.

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