Cops: Airline Workers Stole 100K Mini Booze Bottles

18 arrested, mostly truck drivers

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Sep 13, 2012 7:26 PM CDT

(Newser) – Authorities say workers at New York's Kennedy airport stole 100,000 mini liquor bottles and duty-free items such as larger bottles of liquor, perfume, and cigarettes. Eighteen employees were arrested yesterday on charges including larceny and possession of stolen property. Fifteen are current or former truck drivers for LSG Sky Chefs, an airline catering company owned by Lufthansa that serves as a subcontractor to American Airlines. The other three are security guards.

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown says they stole more than $750,000 worth of liquor and other items. He says a search warrant at the home of one retired truck driver turned up more than 500 garbage bags filled with mini liquor bottles. The arrests came after a five-month investigation dubbed ... wait for it ... Operation Last Call.

Even little bottles can go a long way.
Even little bottles can go a long way.   (Flickr)
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