(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.