LAMBERT-ST. LOUIS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (KTVI) – The scene of the crime was the baggage carousels at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.
Kathi Neubert didn’t realize she was a victim until she got back home to southern Illinois after a flight in June and realized her luggage didn’t make the trip.
“In our family we've had bags lost before, so I just went up to the desk and asked them where it was. And it was the folks at Cape Air that got hold of their people, who got a hold of someone else, and then they got a hold of police. So it was that evening, they had already recovered it,” Neubert said.
Lambert Spokesman Jeff Lea said luggage security is the responsibility of the airlines. But once a crime is reported, airport police take over. Lea said after the theft was reported, airport police surveillance video led them to a suspect.
“And that surveillance video, looking at the time, the carousel, and the airline, they were able to get some information on that video that lead them to a suspect,” he said.
Prosecutors charged 65-year-old Eddie Booker with felony stealing, for taking luggage belonging to Neubert and another victim into the men’s room and an elevator and stealing its contents. Booker was arrested the following day when he showed up at the airport again, and airport police recognized him.