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Couple Accused of Stealing Luggage After Asiana Airlines Crash Fiasco


Never let a crisis go to waste, right?

A United Airlines worker and his wife were charged Monday with stealing a couple's luggage days after the Asiana Airlines crash, which killed three and injured 182.

Sean Sharif Crudup (r) and Raychas Elizabeth Thomas (l). (

The victims of the alleged theft, a Richmond couple, were supposed to fly into San Francisco International Airport but were diverted because of the Asiana accident, prosecutors said Monday.

“But their luggage made it to the airport, and when they went there to pick it up, it was missing,” reports, citing San Mateo County’s chief deputy district attorney Karen Guidotti.

Sean Sharif Crudup, 44, of Richmond was supposedly caught on camera taking the bags and handing them off to wife, Raychas Elizabeth Thomas, 32, and another woman.

Asiana Airlines Flight 214. (CNN)

“Among the items inside the bags were valuable clothing, and Thomas -- posing as the person who bought it -- returned ‘a large quantity of it’ to the Nordstrom at the Stoneridge Mall in Pleasanton for about $5,000,” the report adds.

Crudup and Thomas were later arrested when she attempted to board a flight to Hawaii, Guidotti said.

Authorities add that more stolen goods were later found at the couples’ home.

“Crudup pleaded not guilty Friday to charges of grand theft and burglary and is being held at San Mateo County Jail in lieu of $75,000 bail. Thomas posted $50,000 bail,” the report adds.

United released the following statement: "We hold our employees to the highest standard and have zero tolerance for any theft. We are assisting the San Francisco Police Department in this investigation, and this employee has been held out of service."

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