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Couple plead not guilty to post-SFO crash baggage theft
December 13, 2013, 05:00 AM Daily Journal Staff Report

Sean Crudup

Raychas Thomas

A United Airlines worker and his fiancee will stand trial in April for reportedly stealing luggage from diverted travelers after the deadly Asiana Airlines crash at San Francisco International Airport in July.

Sean Crudup, 44, and Raychas Elizabeth Thomas, 32, pleaded not guilty to grand theft and second-degree burglary. They previously waived a preliminary hearing on the evidence which propels them straight to trial on April 1 after a March 10 pretrial conference.

Prosecutors say Crudup worked for United as a customer service representative at the time of the July 6 plane crash. Passengers meant for SFO but diverted elsewhere still had their luggage arrive at the airport which is where authorities contend Crudup stole bags and handed them off to Thomas and another woman. The theft was reportedly captured on surveillance footage.

Thomas reportedly took valuable clothing from the bags and returned a large amount to the Nordstrom department store in Pleasanton for approximately $5,000.

Thomas and Crudup were both arrested July 25 at SFO when Thomas was catching a flight to Hawaii. A search of the couple’s Richmond home turned up more of the stolen property, according to prosecutors.

Crudup remains free on $75,000 bail while Thomas is free on $50,000 bail.



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