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Couple who stole luggage after plane crash take deal
March 12, 2014, 05:00 AM Daily Journal staff report

Sean Crudup

Raychas Thomas

A United Airlines worker and his fiancee who stole luggage from diverted travelers after the deadly Asiana Airlines crash at San Francisco International Airport and tried returning some of the contents to a department store each took plea deals to avoid potential prison time.

Sean Sharif Crudup, 44, and Raychas Elizabeth Thomas, 32, each pleaded no contest to felony counts of grand theft and possession of stolen property in return for a promise of no state prison and up to a year in the county jail. They will be sentenced May 13.

Prosecutors say Crudup worked for United as a customer service representative at the time of the July 6, 2013, 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, 2013, at SFO as Thomas caught 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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