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Jun 6, 2013 11:58 PM by Associated Press

SF baggage handler pleads not guilty to theft

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (AP) - A San Francisco International Airport baggage handler accused of stealing items from passengers' bags has pleaded not guilty.

Forty-five-year-old George Reyes of San Francisco entered his plea to two counts of embezzlement and one count of stolen property, all felonies, in San Mateo County Superior Court on Wednesday.

Prosecutors say Reyes, who worked for United Airlines, was found with iPads and purses when he was arrested on May 21. The items had been fitted with GPS trackers as part of a police sting after numerous complaints to the airline from passengers.

District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe says investigators found additional stolen items at Reyes' home. He says Reyes victimized at least 50 people.

Reyes is out of jail on $50,000 bail and is due back in court June 26.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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