Masked thief caught after stealing luggage at Ted Stevens International Airport


(Editor’s note: This is a story in which the editor of Must Read Alaska is able to work in the late Sen. Ted Stevens, Congressman Don Young, and Nicholas Begich III, as well as a masked bandit and an airport heist.)

A woman who stole luggage from the baggage claim area at Ted Stevens International Airport has been apprehended.

“Earlier this month Airport Police officers received reports of stolen luggage from the baggage claim areas. Officers used the many cameras in the area to identify the suspects and how they arrived at the airport,” the airport announced.

“Due to these investigations, officers were able to apply for and were granted a search warrant for the suspects’ residence,” the Anchorage Airport Police and Fire Department wrote.

Officers were able to locate the luggage and brought several charges of felony theft against the bag lady.

Nicholas Begich, former campaign chair for Congressman Don Young, said his family was among those who had their luggage stolen. It was the Begich baggage that made him aware of the stealing spree going on Carousel Number 2.

The suspect, of course, was wearing masks.

“This is why we have to defend, not defund the police,” said Begich, who was returning from political meetings in Washington, D.C. “We owe a debt of gratitude to the men and women who protect this community and keep all of us safe.”

Begich is the Republican grandson of the late Congressman Nick Begich, who served in Congress before disappearing in a plane during a trip from Anchorage to Juneau. Congressman Hale Boggs of Louisiana was also on board, as well as the pilot.

The Anchorage airport was later renamed the Anchorage Ted Stevens International Airport.



  1. Expect more of this self entitlement while Democrats maintain Anchorage a Democrat controlled city top down, while the police department works for the Democrats. She’ll be out of jail soon and be expecting her government assistance to better her life. Take away whatever government assistance she recieves and she’ll get a job to buy her own junk and suitcase! Hahahaha

  2. I am OK with publishing their photos. A li’l public shaming with their names can be a good thing. Hats off to the officers who took the time to serve their constituents.

    • They bypassed the duffels and boxes held together with duct tape. Little did they know the bags held Armani suits, or unwashed oil field clothes. One time I mistakenly grabbed the wrong bag in Seattle, finding it full of dirty kids’ clothes. Thankfully the person who returned mine to the airline found it equally disgusting.

  3. Reminds one of the Anchorage assembly’s thievery of CARES Act monies; suggesting cameras should be surveying each member 24/7. ‘Some people’ elected them (Omar on 9/11).

  4. Whether it was a Begich or somebody else, it was still theft, deserving of punishment. She may have seen “Begich” on the luggage, hoping for a prime score, but she was caught, and so she should have been. Whether it was a Begich or a Smith…she got what she deserved. Good work Anchorage Police!

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