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Couple Gets Jail Time for Stealing Luggage Following Asiana Airlines Crash at SFO

Sean Crudup, 44, then a customer service representative for United Airlines, was caught on surveillance video handing luggage off to his fiancée, 32-year-old Raychas Thomas, and another woman on July 8, 2013.

Front left view of the fuselage of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 after it crash landed in San Francisco. Courtesy Wikimedia
Front left view of the fuselage of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 after it crash landed in San Francisco. Courtesy Wikimedia
By Bay City News Service: 

A couple who used the confusion during the Asiana Airlines plane crash at San Francisco International Airport last summer as an opportunity to steal luggage from diverted passengers was sentenced to jail Tuesday, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.

Sean Crudup, 44, then a customer service representative for United Airlines, was caught on surveillance video handing luggage off to his fiancée, 32-year-old Raychas Thomas, and another woman on July 8, 2013.

The luggage belonged to customers diverted away from SFO because of the July 6 plane crash, in which three Chinese schoolgirls were killed and 180 passengers and crewmembers were injured. It forced the closure of an SFO runway for nearly a week.

The luggage Crudup and Thomas stole contained valuable clothes that the couple sold to a Nordstrom store in Pleasanton for about $5,000, according to the district attorney's office.

They were arrested July 25 as Thomas attempted to board a flight to Hawaii and some of the stolen items were later located in their Richmond home.

The defendants pleaded no contest to felony grand theft and felony possession of stolen property in March under the condition that they would not go to prison and would spend less than a year in county jail, according to the district attorney's office.

Judge Jonathan Karesh sentenced Crudup Tuesday to nine months in jail while Thomas was sentenced to six months in jail, Wagstaffe said. Each defendant was also sentenced to three years of probation and they have to pay about $5,800 in restitution to Nordstrom.

Thomas will begin her jail term in July and Crudup must surrender in December, Wagstaffe said.


StarThrower50 May 16, 2014 at 07:33 PM
I am called to wonder how a family name like Crudup might influence the directions a person might take in their life... can you imagine a President Crudup? Or a $multi-gazillion business owner named Cordwaine Crudup? Parents can control what given name they bestow on their children, but might it not also be incumbent upon them to lose unfortunate family names? I can't imagine the world feeling any great loss had Sean Crudup's parents or even grandparents seen the wisdom of not saddling future generations with a horrible last name like that and changed it. I wonder what the linguistic origin of it is?
Geoff Burton May 16, 2014 at 11:55 PM
I think if we can put all the divisive political spinning and race baiting aside we can all agree these folks are scum bags as are all folks who practice their trade.
TT May 18, 2014 at 10:16 AM
No picture of the perps? Hm, what's that tell you? Could our media be more dishonest? And what's ironic is that the very efforts to conceal the facts, proves that the media knows that the overwhelming majority of disgusting crimes are committed by the very people they are trying to protect.

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