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Press Release

Airport Baggage Handlers Sentenced for Theft Conspiracy

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Virginia

NORFOLK, Va. – Chris Arthur Perry, Jr., 26, of Chesapeake, and Gregory Paul Wingard, Jr., 27, of Norfolk, were sentenced today for their roles in a conspiracy to steal valuable items from passengers’ bags at the Norfolk International Airport.  Perry was sentenced to 17 months in prison and Wingard was sentenced to 12 months and one day in prison.

Perry and Wingard pleaded guilty Nov. 18, 2015. According to court documents, from approximately December 2013 to June 4, 2015, Perry and Wingard used their positions as baggage handlers to break into checked baggage in the secure area of the Norfolk International Airport.  They removed money, electronics, and other valuable items and then sold the items to members of the community or to pawn shops in the Tidewater area.  Perry and Wingard specifically targeted firearm containers while searching for bags to break into.  Part of the conspiracy was to steal firearms by switching baggage tags, causing firearm containers to be transported away from the original intended destination and preventing detection from law enforcement.

Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; and John S. Adams, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Norfolk Field Office, made the announcement after sentencing by Senior U.S. District Judge Robert G. Doumar.  This case was investigated by the FBI’s Norfolk Field Office with the assistance of Transportation Security Administration and U.S. Airways.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph E. DePadilla prosecuted this case.

A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia.  Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 2:15-cr-131.

Updated March 15, 2016