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
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.