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I-Team Exclusive: Philadelphia Police, U.S. Airways Conduct Sting Operation To Bust Thief At PHL

By Walt Hunter

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — An exclusive CBS 3 I-Team Investigation reveals Philadelphia Police, working with an airline, are now conducting a joint undercover investigation hoping to protect flyers from being victimized by thieves at Philadelphia International Airport.

The I-Team has learned police, working with U.S. Airways security, conducted at “sting” aboard a plane at Terminal “C” Thursday night, leading to the arrest of a worker for a cleaning service contracted by the airline.

Police say they set up surveillance on a flight that had just landed, leaving an I-Pad on one of the seats, making it appear it had been left behind by a passenger.

A cleaning crew worker, identified by police as 22-year-old Wade Yogboh, allegedly picked up the device, but instead of turning it over to officials, she’s accused of wrapping it in plastic and stashing it in a trash receptacle, after first shutting off the tracking mechanism.

Yogboh, who is charged with theft, did not respond to a request for comment.

Police say they launched the proactive initiative to stop theft after a number of reports from passengers, complaining that smart phones and other devices left behind on planes could not be found.

The I-Team, last Thursday, broadcast for the first time a video of three former American Airlines workers rifling through passengers bags and stealing items.

The three workers have since pled guilty, while a judge found a fourth employee not guilty.

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  • wiser

    Simple mistake.

  • James

    The need to check TSA. They are the one who steal more than anyone. You can google it and see for yourselves.

  • Patti

    I wonder what;s behind the sudden interest iby the Philadelphia Police and US Airways n the stealing that has been going on at the Philly Airport for some time. When irreplaceable items were stolen from my checked baggage a year ago both the Police and US Airways were totally uninterested when I tried to make reports. Police at least finally accepted a report although nothing was done about it. I’m still waiting to hear from USAirways. Based on my experience I have concluded that stealing from customers baggage is an accepted business practice at US Airways.

    I lost irreplaceable and valuable items including the last gift from my mother and a 100 year old gold watch and chain that was left to me by my grandmother. Money loss is one thing but loss of a cherished memory is much more.

    I plan to stay away from using US Airways as my airline.

    By the way US Airways…still waiting to hear from you. Maybe you should check your email or perhaps you just ignor the plethera of complaints you receive.

  • Zzbar

    It takes a thief !!

  • annoynomous

    i just watched the video i did not see wade take any ipad. this news people needs to be sued for public harassment and false accusation.

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